Bangladesh rape laws need overhaul to ensure justice, campaigners say

January 19, 2015 12:07 AM

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NEW DELHI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Bangladesh must reform its archaic laws on rape to help boost convictions and instill confidence in victims who are often too afraid to seek justice, a legal aid group said on Monday.

Over the last decade, the South Asian nation has implemented programs to help support victims of sexual violence, said the Bangladesh Legal Aid and Service Trust (BLAST), but rape laws, which date back to the British colonial era, remain unchanged.

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