PM orders speedy disposal of rape
Live Correspondent: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina today asked authorities concerned to dispose the cases involving rapes and arson causing deaths to expose the culprits to stern punitive actions in soonest possible time.
“Now, it is being seen that the rape, murder, arson attack, and killing people by setting fire are going on due to social degradation,” she said while opening the National Legal Aid Services Day, 2019 at a hotel here.
The premier asked the authorities concerned to take immediate measures for speedy trial of the cases and ensure tougher punishment to the people involved in the misdeeds as the country as well as the nation want to get relief of the social menace.
She issued directives against the backdrop of recently killing a Feni Madrasha student Nusrat Jahan Rafi by setting her on fire and multiple incidents of rape, murder, and arson attacks across the country.
The prime minister asked the law ministry to take appropriate actions in disposing of the long pending cases as many people are currently languishing in jails without knowing their faults and reasons to stay in the prison, saying, “They even don’t know how to get legal aid services.”
“Despite being demand of trial of the case in the special tribunal, I sent it to the ordinary court for its trial as we wanted to get justice likewise the ordinary people,” she said. The BNP-Jamaat had announced hartal on the day of delivering the verdict in the case, she continued.
She said that her government has enacted the Legal Aid Services Act, 2000 to pave the way of giving justice to the poor, incapable and helpless litigants following the footsteps of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.
Bangabandhu had incorporated fundamental rights and the procedure of giving the legal aid services to the people in the Constitution, she said.
“The judiciary should be reshuffled in such a way that the people can get justice in one and a half years and we are making arrangement to this respect. Hope it will happen accordingly,” the premier quoted the Father of the Nation as saying.
The legal service aid activities had got stuck during the BNP-Jamaat regime, she said, adding that the Awami League once again initiated the process after assuming power in 2008.
Any poor citizen, especially acid attack victims, widow or abandoned female by husband, people languishing in jail without trial, differently able people, victims of human trafficking, or people who are unable to get justice, are being given legal assistance at government’s cost through the service, she added.
Dhaka, 28 April(campuslive24.com)//MIH