Anti-rape protesters block Shahbagh

Demonstrators blocked the key Shahbagh intersection protesting against the attack on anti-rape long march in Feni in which 20 people were injured.

A group of protesters belonging to various organisations took to the street around noon and staged a sit-in programme there.

They also brought out a procession against rape and injustice.

Vehicular movement on the busy road remained suspended, causing immense sufferings to the people.

A long march protesting against the growing incidents of rape, sexual harassment and violence against women, came under attack in Feni on Oct 17.

The leaders of left-leaning organisations, who organised the march, blamed local Awami League and Jubo League leaders for the attack.

It was attacked again in front of the Nirman Super Market.

The protesters, including left-leaning parties, students, youths and rights activists, started their long march under the banner of “Dhorshon O Bicharhinotar Biruddhe Bangladesh” (Bangladesh against rape and impunity) to press home a nine-point demand.

Protests against rape and violence against women erupted across the country since the beginning of October, following the recent incidents of gang rape in Sylhet’s MC College and in Noakhali’s Begumganj upazila.

In the wake of widespread protests against the growing incidents of rape, the President promulgated an ordinance allowing death penalty as the highest punishment for the crime instead of life imprisonment.