On Sunday, October 11, demonstrations against the growing incidents of sexual harassment, rape, and violence against women continued across the country. Activists from different student bodies, rights organizations, educational institutions, and political parties staged protests demanding justice for victims and capital punishments for offenders. In Dhaka, hundreds of student activists gathered in Motijheel's Shapla Chattar area from 13:30 (local time) and staged a sit-in demonstration. Activists erected barricades on the road and blocked vehicular movement for several hours. Similar protests were held later in the afternoon in the vicinity of the National Press Club and at Shahbagh intersection.
The latest series of demonstrations which have been held over the past week follow several high-profile sexual assault cases in recent weeks which sparked public outrage. The protests have spurred the government to seek capital punishment for offenders. Media sources indicate that an urgent legal amendment is set to be proposed at a cabinet meeting on Monday, October 12. Further associated demonstrations and events are likely across the country, particularly in Dhaka, in the near term. A women's rally has been planned on Wednesday, October 14, and a cycle rally on Thursday, October 15. Associated disruptions should be anticipated in the vicinity of rallies and events. A heightened security presence should also be anticipated.
Those in Bangladesh are advised to monitor developments, avoid demonstrations, protests, and political gatherings as a precaution, and heed any directives issued by local authorities.
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