Chief Justice Syed Mahmud Hossain has ordered quick disposal of the cases filed over rape and persecution of women and children.
“Rape is a detestable offence. Mere statements by the victim woman or child are enough to punish an accused. So, the tribunals concerned will have to expedite settlement of these cases,” he said.
He came up with the directive at a virtual discussion organised by National Inquiry Committee of National Human Rights Commission (NHRC). Commission Chairman Nasima Begum presided over the meeting which put forward some suggestions to resist rape and other violence committed against women and children.
Syed Mahmud Hossain asked the judges of the women and children tribunals not be influenced by vested interests in doing professional duties.
“We are working sincerely to get rid of the culture of impunity and delayed dispensation of justice. If necessary, victims will have to be compensated. We need to make sure that criminals can’t go unpunished,” he said.
NHRC Chairman Nasima Begum underscored the need for accelerating the process of handing out punishment to the convicts.
“We saw quick dispensation of verdict on the case filed over rape and murder of Nusrat. It was a commendable job on the part of the court. Unfortunately, the verdict is yet to be executed. Timely execution of the verdict is needed to check the heinous crime,” she said.
She also slammed the decision of a court which encouraged marriage between the rapist and victim.
NHRC member Jesmin Ara Begum, also former district and sessions judge and convener of the inquiry committee, came up with some recommendations. On the other hand, judicial officials pointed out some obstacles and suggestions to overcome the challenges.
This is the first time NHRC has formed an inquiry committee entrusted with the task of placing recommendations to be submitted to the government to contain violence against women and children.
District and Sessions Judges of 64 districts, judges of women and children tribunals, chief judicial magistrates and chief metropolitan magistrates attended the discussion.
Dr Kamal Uddin Ahmed, fulltime member of NHRC, Md Mainul Kabir, legislative and parliamentary affairs secretary, Md Golam Sarwar, law and justice division secretary, and Sudipto Mukerjee, resident representative of UNDP, were also present.