Dhaka: Bangladesh`s High Court has ordered government to take action against extra judicial punishments like beating or caning in the name of arbitration, mediation or conciliation.
A High Court bench comprising judges Syed Mahbub Hossain and Quamrul Islam Siddiqui issued the order upon police, local government bodies and right groups also asking them to provide the victims of such extra-legal penalties with security and protection.
The bench in a simultaneous order demanded a government explanation in two weeks particularly from the police chief for their failure to act in time and to comply with their
legal and constitutional duties in taking effective measures to prevent the imposition and execution of extra-legal penalties.
The order came as several human rights groups filed a writ petition seeking the court intervention against extra judicial punishments with lawyer Sara Hossain saying the
country witnessed 39 such incidents in the recent past as the government failed to prevent the imposition of extra judicial penalties.
Hossain cited some reports of women and men being subject to extra-judicial punishment such as caning in rural arbitration, often in the presence of or with the participation of local government bodies like municipalities.