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Anti-rape protesters list demands

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Various political parties, students, youth and rights activists protesting over this past week have stated their demands -- including expedited police investigations and trials of rapists to ensure justice for victims and amending the Evidence Act to end victim blaming.

Condemning the rise of rape incidents in the country, under different banners, these groups held protest programmes across the country and issued several statements yesterday.

Quoting government data, Jatiya Ganatantrik Front, said in a statement that between 2001 and 2020, a verdict was given in only 3.56 percent of cases filed on women and children repression, and punishment was given in only 0.37 percent of cases.

"Repeated assurance of justice by the Home Minister fails to bring any relief in public mind as punishment could not be ensured in 99 percent of cases," reads the statement, jointly given by the Front's President Dr MA Karim and General Secretary Brig Gen (retd) M Jahangir Hossain yesterday.

To stop violence against women and children, torture and killing, Jatiya Ganatantrik Front also suggested bringing about change in social perspectives.

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Students under the banner of Anti-Sexual Repression Students' Coalition yesterday held a rally in front of the National Museum at Shahbagh. They later gave a memorandum to the law minister.

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