Bangladesh: Ruling on extra-judicial punishments by beating and lashing in Shalish
The High Court also directed the Ministry of Local Government to inform all Union Parishads and Paurashavas of this order.
A Division Bench comprising Justice Mahmud Hossain and Justice Quamrul Islam Siddique issued the Rule and order.The writ petition was filed jointly by the Bangladesh Legal Aid and Services Trust (BLAST), Bangladesh Mahila Parishad, Ain o Salish Kendra(ASK), BRAC and Nijera Kori.
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The petition described incidents in June where a woman and man were lashed 101 times on orders of village elders in Nobigonj, Habiganj in a ‘shalish’ held in the presence of a Chairman; a woman in Srimongol being lashed 101 times for speaking to a man from a different community; a woman in Sirajgonj being caned 100 times and fined for daring to file a complaint of rape with the court; a woman being whipped in public in August after refusing a relative’s sexual advances.
The petitioners challenged the failure of the Government to prevent the imposition of such extra-judicial penalties, or to provide information to the public that such penalties are wholly without lawful authority and unconstitutional and in violation of fundamental rights to life, liberty and equality and non-discrimination, as well as the right to be treated in accordance with law and to be free from cruel and degrading or inhuman treatment or punishment. They sought urgent preventive measures as well as information to be issued to the public and to concerned bodies regarding their duties to prevent such incidents.
For further information, please contact:
Ayesha Khanam (President, Mohila Porishod) 01717 363647
Sultana Kamal (ASK) 01714025180
Dr. Faustina Pereira (BRAC) 01715 007470
Khushi Kabir (Coordinator, Nijera Kori) 01711565152