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National Legal Aid Day: Three ways to improve our national legal aid system

Today marks the National Legal Aid Day, which was introduced by the government in January 2013, in an effort to increase public awareness of national legal aid services.

Where is our independent prosecution service?

Although we frequently hear calls for justice whenever a grievous crime takes place, the role of public prosecutors, i.e. the very individuals who conduct criminal cases in court on behalf of the state, is seldom—if ever—discussed.

We need a state compensation fund for victims of violent crime

Whenever a violent crime like gang rape or custodial torture takes place, we are quick to demand justice for it.

Why are Bangladeshi workers still dying preventable deaths?

Today marks eight years since one of the deadliest industrial disasters in modern history killed at least 1,132 workers and injured more than 2,500 others in our own backyard.

Corporate negligence killed a mother and son. Do we even care?

On the afternoon of March 3, 2021, three-year-old Ruhit was playing in front of his residential building located inside the Provita Fish Feed hatchery, when he fell into a large septic tank that had been left uncovered.

What changes does the recent ordinance make to our law on violence against women?

On 13 October 2020, our central law dealing with violence against women, i.e. Nari o Shishu Nirjatan Daman Ain 2000 (Women and Children Repression Prevention Act 2000) was amended for the second time since it was enacted, by an ordinance.

April 28, 2022
April 28, 2022

National Legal Aid Day: Three ways to improve our national legal aid system

Today marks the National Legal Aid Day, which was introduced by the government in January 2013, in an effort to increase public awareness of national legal aid services.

April 4, 2022
April 4, 2022

Where is our independent prosecution service?

Although we frequently hear calls for justice whenever a grievous crime takes place, the role of public prosecutors, i.e. the very individuals who conduct criminal cases in court on behalf of the state, is seldom—if ever—discussed.

December 9, 2021
December 9, 2021

We need a state compensation fund for victims of violent crime

Whenever a violent crime like gang rape or custodial torture takes place, we are quick to demand justice for it.

November 16, 2021
November 16, 2021

How the Banani rape verdict exposes the rape culture in our courtrooms

On November 11, 2021, Mosammat Kamrunnahar, judge of Women and Children Repression Prevention Tribunal 7 in Dhaka, reportedly asked the police “to refrain from receiving a case if a rape victim comes to the police station after 72 hours of the incident” since “semen cannot be traced after 72 hours.”

October 8, 2021
October 8, 2021

Three months after the Hashem factory fire, has there been any ‘justice’?

Today, October 8, marks three months since the deadly Hashem Foods fire, which claimed the lives of at least 54 people. Out of those killed, at least 17 were children. Out of these 17 children, at least 11 were girls.

July 29, 2021
July 29, 2021

Why is child labour still legal in Bangladesh?

What were you doing on a Thursday morning when you were 14?

July 14, 2021
July 14, 2021

We should stop calling acts of corporate manslaughter ‘accidents’

For almost 24 hours last week, the Hashem Food factory in Naryanganj, where hundreds of workers are employed, was up in flames.

July 11, 2021
July 11, 2021

Why is the price of killing a worker only Tk 2 lakh?

Fifty two workers have so far been declared dead as a result of the horrific fire that engulfed the Hashem Foods factory in Narayanganj, where famous products such as Shezan juice and Nocilla spread were produced.

July 5, 2021
July 5, 2021

The long road to the repeal of Section 155(4): Will questions about a rape survivor’s ‘character’ finally be banned in court?

On June 30, 2021, the law minister announced in Parliament that the government will finally be introducing legislation to remove Section 155(4) of the Evidence Act 1872—which has long allowed defence lawyers to raise questions about a rape complainant’s character, and therefore moral police them in the name of cross examination in court.

May 5, 2021
May 5, 2021

‘I have no one else’: How an eight-year-old girl lost her entire family at once

In the early hours of Monday morning, when most of us were tucked comfortably in our beds, eight-year-old Meem lost her entire family after the speedboat she was on crashed and overturned in the middle of the Padma river, drowning and killing 26 passengers.