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Death, life top penalties for rape, killing

Both death and life term can be awarded as highest punishment for rape and killing, the Supreme Court ruled today. The judgement upheld a High Court verdict that scrapped the provision of single punishment in the concerned law – which was death. supreme court_0Now, Section 6(2) of Women and Children Repression Prevention (Special) Act 1995 will become void. The amendment made later in 2000 which offers life sentence as alternative punishment along with the death penalty will take effect. On March 2, 2010, High Court ann...

Research on Gender in Aquaculture by ULAB, GWA

University of Liberal Arts Bangladesh (ULAB)  and Gender and Water Alliance (GWA) has organized a seminar to disseminate research on “Gender in Aquaculture: A Study in Division of Power and Work at ULAB Auditorium in Dhanmondi. 05This research was conducted by ULAB’s Center for Sustainable Development (CSD) in collaboration with GWA from December, 2014 to March 2015 in the southwest coastal region of Bangladesh. The main objective was to map the distribution of tasks between men and women involved in aquaculture. GWA is a global network dedicated to main...

Bangladesh girl alleges sexual harassment in India

Fourteen-year-old girl Sona (name changed), who was rescued by the police and was kept in an NGO home in the city, was reportedly sexually assaulted by some staff. The girl complained the matter to the officials. womenSona, who was allegedly brought to the city from Bangladesh in a human trafficking case, was produced before the Child Welfare Committee (CWC). The CWC provided shelter to the girl at Childline Home. Later, she was shifted to Navajeevan Bala Bhavan. When the girl was produced before the CWC recently, she complained that the staff at Childline Ho...

City polls: Women empowerment campaigners shocked

Absence of women from the mayoral race in Dhaka South City, Dhaka North City and the port city of Chittagong shocked women empowerment campaigners. They were equally shocked to find few women contesting for 134 common seats of ward councilors in the three cities. city pollsThe Election Commission records show that in Dhaka South City out of 386 councilor candidates only six are women, reports the New Age. In Dhaka North City out of 280 candidates contesting for the common seats only 12 are women. In Chittagong out of 213 councilor candidat...

Gender equality comes on the airwaves

Judging by how often they make headlines, one might be tempted to believe that women in Bangladesh don’t play a major role in this country’s affairs. A recent media monitoring survey by the non-governmental radioorganisation Bangladesh Nari Progati Sangha (BNPS) revealed that out of 3,361 news items studied over a two-month period, “Only 16 percent of newspaper stories, 14 percent of television news [items], and 20 percent of radio news [items] considered women as subjects or interviewed them.” “Most of our audience are poor and they either don’...

Women cops 2nd batch to join UN mission

A second batch of women police will be dispatched from Dhaka tonight to join the United Nations peacekeeping mission. women policeThe 125-member unit will fly an UN-chartered flight from Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport late tonight for Congo, a press release from Bangladesh Police said. Atia Hosna, an additional superintendent of police, has been chosen to be in-charge of the unit. Another female unit, the first dispatched for the programme, has been serving in Haiti under the UN peacekeeping mission with skill and prestige...