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July 20, 2003
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(Amendment) Bill passed
The JS has
passed Women and Children Repression Prevention (WCRP) (Amendment) Bill,
2003 bringing in major reforms in laws concerning women and children repression.
With the passes of the Bill, the age of child (in the definition) has
been raised to 16 years from 14. The bill says if a woman commits suicide
fearing losing her chastity due to wilful act of a person, the person
will be then made accused as a provocateur and for that offence he will
be punished with maximum ten years and minimum five years of imprisonment.
The bill has the provision that a baby born out of rape will be kept under
the care of mother and the baby will be known after his/her mother or
father or both. Besides, the state will take the responsibility of that
baby until he/she attains the age of 21 years. In case of a girl child,
the state will take care of her until she gets married. Under this provision,
the state will be able to realise the money spent for upbringing of such
a baby from the rapist. The bill amends a provision of the original law
of 2000 by omitting 'indecent gesture' from the lists of sexual harassment
offences, as it is overexploited to harass the opponents. The bill also
relaxed certain provisions of dowry saying that only people directly linked
in dowry seeking would be considered for trial. The bill provisioned that
opinion of the rape victims has to be taken if the need for camera trial
arises or if the victim has to be taken under safe custody. -Ittefaq,
The Code of Civil Procedure (Amendment) Bill, 2003 has been passed provisioning some measures for quick dispensation of justice. This bill significantly enhances fines for certain offences to curb the trend of filing false cases and vests the district judges with the powers of case-revision in certain cases. It also provides that no ad-interim or temporary injunction against government's development activities can be served without hearing the government, and puts some new measures in case of serving ad interim or temporary injunction on the government. With the passes of the Bill, the amount of compensation has been increased from Tk 5,000 to Tk 1,00000 to curb the trend of filing false cases. -Ittefaq, 14 July.
E-policing to be introduced
government is planning to introduce e-policing systems to equip the technologically
backward law-enforcement agency with modern Internet facility. This will
provide people with the opportunity to register case electronically, replacing
the need for physical presence at mostly unpleasant police stations. In
the first phase, five police stations - Mohammadpur, Dhanmondi, Kafrul,
Tejgaon and Mirpur -- will be brought under e- policing. The system will
be later introduced to other police stations as well. Targeted police
stations will have Internet connections and their own web sites. People
will be able to file general diary (GD) and First Information Report (FIR)
through the Internet, after which police will supply printed acknowledgement.
To reduce the hassle of record keeping databases for charge sheet or FIR
will be developed. A secret web-based database of criminals of particular
areas under the police station will also be developed. An electronic register
will be developed to keep records and statistics of arrests, attendance
of officials, accounts of the police station and so on. Police officials
on the move, within their areas, will be able to get connected to the
databases at the police station via Internet phone. -Law Desk.
Two convicts in a murder case were executed in the Comilla Central Jail early yesterday. The convicts, identified as Haji Giasuddin, 58, and Jamaluddin, 48, were from Char King Boaliar village of Hatiya upazila in Noakhali district. The District and Sessions Judge's Court awarded them death penalty for killing UP member Abul Kashem in 1990. Their appeal to the High Court and Supreme Court were rejected and they also failed to get pardon from the President. Deputy commissioner, ADC (Revenue), two first class magistrates and civil surgeon of Comilla were present during the execution. -Daily Star, 11 July.
Justice Ruhul Amin at Appellate Division
The government yesterday appointed Justice MM Ruhul Amin to the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court by superseding a senior judge of the High Court Division. Justice MM Ruhul Amin superseded senior judge Syed Amirul Islam in the appointment that was signed by President Iajuddin Ahmed. The appointment was made to fill up the vacancy created by the retirement of Justice Fazlul Haq on June 30. The Supreme Court Bar Association expressed its resentment over the appointment. -Prothom Alo, 13 July.
cops jailed for extortion
HC for drivers with extra bumpers
The High Court (HC) has ordered the government not to harass drivers with extra bumpers on their motor vehicles till disposal of a rule issued earlier in this regard. The HC order followed a petition filed by Kamruzzaman Chowdhury challenging the legitimacy of a government's order for removal of extra iron bumpers from all motorised vehicles in the capital and seeking an injunction against the order. The decision to remove extra bumpers was taken following the tragic death of a physician of the Orthopedic Hospital who was dragged to death after his foot got stuck to the bumper of a car on Mirpur Road on July 1. Before passing the order, the bench comprising Justice Shah Abu Naim Mominur Rahman and Justice Abdul Awal held that the government has not framed any rule under section 82 of the relevant ordinance and as such there is no law to prohibit use of bumpers. - Bangladesh Observer, 15 July.
for rights of women
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