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🇧🇩 Why are women raped with impunity in Bangladesh? | The Stream

Anger over a viral video of a woman being stripped, beaten and sexually assaulted by nine men in Bangladesh, as she begged for mercy, has brought thousands of people to the streets.

Demonstrators are now demanding justice for women who have been raped and sexually assaulted, and an end to what they say is a culture of impunity. The video, filmed on September 2, was shared hundreds of thousands of times on Facebook before a court ordered it removed.

“This truly disturbing footage demonstrates the shocking violence that women in the country are routinely being subjected to,” rights group Amnesty International said, calling for an impartial investigation.

Women’s rights activists were already angered by a gang rape, which also came to light in September, committed by members of the ruling Awami League Party. The government has been criticised for inaction.

According to local human rights organisation Ain-o-Salish Kendra, there were 975 rape cases reported from January to September of this year but the rights group says it is unlikely even a fraction of those attacked got justice. The One Stop Crisis Centre has said that between January 2001 and July 2020 just 3.56 percent of cases filed under the Prevention of Oppression Against Women and Children Act have resulted in a court judgment and only 0.37 percent of cases have ended with a conviction.

Activists say antiquated laws and a culture of taboo around rape and sexual assault need to be addressed.

In this episode of The Stream, we’ll take a look at the growing anti-rape protests in Bangladesh and ask a panel of experts whether they will result in real change.

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    Al Jazeera English

    Thank you for watching everyone. Tell us what you think the comments below.

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    Every rapist is a leader and activist of the government party. And the police are afraid to arrest them. No rapist is arrested if it is not viral. Rapists are not tried. And government party leaders fool foreigners with false speeches.🇧🇩

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    মিন্নীর মত এই মেয়ে ও বিথী যে মামুনের বিরুদ্ধে মিথ্যা অপবাদ দিচ্ছে তাকে ও জিজ্ঞাসাবাদ করা হউক এবং প্রমাণিত হবে যে এই মেয়ে বিথী ও মিন্নী বেগমের মত চক্রান্তকারী এবং অপরাধী

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    Shameless liars. You guys exaggerate rape in an attempt to pass laws favoring unproven accusations. Disgusting.

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    What are the villagers doing about the criminal act. All you people only talking. They can't get away with this crime. Villagers don't take this type of criminal act. Do something. Because the world is not functioning right now.

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    Bad culture. Its the people not the government. The people need to change.

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    For such an intelligent woman you have a stupid hairdo!

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    Although I haven't watch the video it's shameful what women specialy young girls are going through around the world rape sexual violence and harassment even killing could happen a lot Countries and it should be stopped by government officials those Countries where humanity and injustice in place

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    I lost interest, the moment you asked panellists to introduce themselves……is it disregard towards Bangladeshi? Or laziness??

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    Justice denied in Bangladesh due to bad politics & politicians !!! 🙅‍♂️🙅‍♀️

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    They should have there testicles chewed of by a pitbull, let them horribly suffer the way those poor women suffered.

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    BARBER TV RƏŞAD

    Karabakh is Azerbaijan🇦🇿🇦🇿🇦🇿🇦🇿

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    What a big shame! The enforcement of law is very poor! Better for the girls to give up their religion!

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    Why media suddenly reporting rapes that were ignored just a year ago? It is designed to hide even bigger issues: thousands of men executed without trial, over a billion dollar robbed from banks, Chief Justice forced out of the country at gun point, foreigners working in police!

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    1 solution , castration

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    Muhammad Nizamuddin

    we need syariah hudud against rapist.. that's the solution to this problem

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    "We have to be very candid in this conversation". Ha. How telling. Problems with power and violence across societies can trace causal factors to European Trailer Trash.

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    Canada share similar obstacles when it comes to receiving justice for victims of sexual assaults, re institutional bias and character questioning for purposes to legal defenses.

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    It all comes down to the endemic corruption that is so pervasive through all levels of government in Bangladesh. Unless the UN also steps in to call for concrete action, nothing will change.

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    this law made by man,
    allah gives us law for rape

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    NewMexicoSharpShooter

    So why are being raped? How is that happening?

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    The answer is Islam.

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    When country confuse religion with laws and politics

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    Al Jihadzeera islamist media

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    Solution of life all in one

    As a Bangladeshi France i know better then these so called Jurnalistes & intellectuels , These peoples are afraid off to tell the truth or they sell their evil & devil soûls to Monster Hyena Hasina & her illegal govt.
    Actually most ( 90% ) rapiste are Hasina s parties leaders & workers thats why sufferers never ever get any justice.
    Actually last 12 years Hypocrite, pathological liar, Open & proben corrupt, Hasina & her illegal govt forcefully occupied the power of Bangladesh by killing thousands of innocent peoples but also looting billions of dollars from Bangladesh though maximum Bangladeshi bound to live under poverty.
    Now Bangladesh have no any legam govt thats why nothing is impossible in Bangladesh.

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    صالحه ابر هيم

    اعوذبا الله منشيطن رجيم

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    Sadekuzzaman Khan

    Political activists of a particular party are given open licences to exercise their power in the country in committing crimes, they enjoy full liberty . Even the highest authority of the government finally Pardoned the criminal after the judgments for death sentences were granted judiciary.
    Lawlessness are the prevailing laws of political criminal.
    On the otherhand Journalist of particular section are extremely corrupt.

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    Main reason is Weak laws in Bangladesh 🇧🇩
    Same to became a citizen 🙁

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    Patrick Debellefeuille

    Because they have no respect for woman as a culture in whole! Take your racist accusations and shove em! Just stating a 1st hand fact as i know many of them living here and thats that!

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    This is just political reason that’s all.

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    May I be the "devil's advocate" and ask
    1…what was or is the punishment for the rape of women in Islam?
    2…was the practice of owning what the right hand process after a battle during the life of Mohammad?
    3…is Islam the culprit due to the teaching?
    Interested to hear an answer by the panel!

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