HC rules seeking why arbitration after rape would not be illegal
Staff Correspondent || shiningbd
The High Court has issued a rule asking why arbitration after rape should not be treated as a 'criminal offense'. At the same time, the court directed to submit a report on other rape cases pending in the High Court.
A High Court bench comprising Justice Mojibur Rahman Mia and Justice Mohiuddin Shamim passed the order following writ petition on Wednesday.
Lawyer Yadia Zaman appeared for the writ petition in the court while Shahinuzzaman Shahin, a lawyer who filed the petition on behalf of the human rights organization Ain O Salish Kendra (ASK) was also present.
Earlier on October 19, a writ petition was filed in the relevant branch of the High Court on behalf of ASK.
The petition seeks directions on how many rape cases have been filed in police stations across the country in the last 10 years and how many cases have been sent to court for trial. Besides, instructions were also sought to implement the provision of trial in the closed court of rape case.
In the writ petition, the case of rape was disposed of uninterruptedly within 180 working days, Provisions and directions were also sought for the continuation of the trial from the commencement of the trial till its disposal.
In the writ petition, the Secretary of the Ministry of Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs, the Secretary of the Ministry of Home Affairs, the Secretary of the Ministry of Social Welfare, the Secretary of the Ministry of Women and Children Affairs, the Inspector General of Police (IGP) and the Registrar General of the Supreme Court were made decedents.
On October 13, Yadia Zaman sent a legal notice to the defendants seeking implementation of the law and the High Court's directions in the rape case. Lawyer Yadia Zaman said that the writ petition was filed without any action even after the notice.