The entire country has become vocal in protest against the women violence after a series of rape incidents came into the spotlight over the past few weeks. The protesters have been prompting the government to amend the law with capital punishment or the death penalty instead of life imprisonment for culprits.
Former and current women athletes and officials have also joined forces with the mass condemning violence against women and urged the government to ensure proper justice taking serious measures to stop the violence.
Former table tennis champions and Chairman of Bangladesh Athlete Commission Zobera Rahman Linu felt the government should amend the law with the publicly death penalty instead of imprisonment to annihilate these barbaric incidents.
“I urge the government to amend the law with publicly death penalty instead of imprisonment to eradicate these barbaric incidents. This exemplary punishment will create fear among heinous criminals as well as will ensure a safer environment for our women. Also, the concerned authorities have to set the rule of law,” Linu told The Daily Sun.
“We also need to change our mentality. Some of our female athletes have undergone these types of incidents. Though some cases came into the spotlight, most of the victims were forced to keep silent. I think our sporting authorities also should take serious measures regarding these issues. They should impose a lifetime ban upon those culprits,” the national sports awardee added.
South Asian Games gold medalist weightlifter Mabia Akhter Simanta also believed that an exemplary punishment could stop the violence against women. “The situation is too bad, anyone can be a victim. Our family members feel insecure to let us outside. We eradicated acid incidents and eve-teasing with the provision of strict punishments. So, I think the time has come to amend the law with the strict exemplary penalty. Besides, I urge all women to raise their voices against acts of violence instead of being silent,” said Mabia.
Bangladesh women’s national T20 team captain Salma Khatun said, “We‘re not safe here. I feel afraid to walk on the streets alone. I also want a provision of severe punishment to be ensured against the violence of women.”
The country’s first female FIFA referee Jaya Chakma said, “I’m with the protesters. It is not for a particular community — male or female and literate or illiterate. We all need to change mentality and ethics, if we really want to eradicate this disease called violence against women.”
Earlier, national cricketers including former ODI captain Mashrafe Mortaza, Shakib Al Hassan, Mushfiqur Rahim, Mahmudullah Riyad, Tamim Iqbal, Soumya Sarkar, Rubel Hossain joined the countrywide protests and voiced their opinion against rape incidents through social media last week.