PM declares zero tolerance against rapists

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She made the remarks while taking part in the thanksgiving motion on the president’s speech as well as delivering her concluding speech of the sixth session of the 11th parliament

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has announced her administration’s zero tolerance policy against rapists like terrorism, militancy and narcotics, and warned that the government will take stern action against the culprits.

“We notice a problem [currently] as some beasts in the name of human beings are doing very heinous crime like rape… They’re raping minor children to girls,” she said in parliament on Tuesday, reports BSS.

“I will call them inferior to beasts as they have no principles,” she added.

She made the remarks while taking part in the thanksgiving motion on the president’s speech as well as delivering her concluding speech of the sixth session of the 11th parliament.

Hasina said her government adopted the zero tolerance policy against terrorism, militancy and drugs and has been taking proper action against these social menaces.

“Like that, we are declaring zero tolerance policy against rape and rapists. We are taking stringent measures against this heinous crime and it will continue… We are very much aware of it,” she said.

In this connection, the prime minister called upon the people to help arrest the culprits who are committing such crimes.

The Leader of the House also said that those who are committing such a heinous crime cannot understand that they have also mother, sisters and daughters. “How can human beings possess so nefarious character?” she wondered.

In her over half an hour speech, Hasina also touched on different issues like the ongoing deadly coronavirus outbreak, keeping prices of essentials under control during the upcoming Ramadan, economy, the mosquito menace and the country’s development in various sectors.

The sixth session of the 11th parliament, which was also the first session of the calendar year, was prorogued on Tuesday after 28 sittings.

Speaker Dr Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury read out the prorogation order of the president around 8:33pm, reports UNB.

Seven bills were passed during this session which began on January 9.

The session also unanimously adopted a thanksgiving motion on the president’s speech delivered in the first sitting. Altogether, 224 MPs discussed for 54 hours and 24 minutes participating in the general discussion on the thanksgiving motion.

During the session, 235 notices were placed under Section 71 of the Rules of Procedure, of which 12 were accepted and eight were discussed in the House.

A total of 124 questions were received for the prime minister. She replied to 55 of them. The session received 2,902 questions for different ministers with the ministers answering 2375.