Status of crime victims in Bangladesh

Faruk, Mohammad Omar, Sahni, Sanjeev P. and Kirchhoff, Gerd Ferdinand (2021) Status of crime victims in Bangladesh. Journal of victimology and victim justice. ISSN 2516-6077

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Though a few provisions for the victim of crimes were indirectly recognized since the nineteenth century, from 2000 onwards, legal entitlements for crime victims are realized in Bangladesh with a specific focus on women and children. So far, few analyses are found to be performed mainly by the legal experts, emphasizing legal rights and remedies with recommendations for legal reform. However, studies on the status of victims’ rights seem to be incomplete without considering administrative as well as social reality—dominated by colonial legacy and traditional practices—beyond the written clauses in the law books. This study is one of the pioneering attempts in Bangladesh to understand the status of crime victims against the backdrop of recent legal changes and to examine the argument whether the legal provisions itself are enough in providing victims with intended benefits without simultaneous social and administrative changes. Within the theoretical framework of balancing victim’s rights and informal social control (victim blaming), this qualitative study (through content analysis) reviewed all criminal laws and research findings related to victim’s rights within a socio-legal approach in terms of victim’s access, participation, protection, services and compensation.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Crime victims | Criminal justice system | Victims’ rights | Bangladesh
Subjects: Social Sciences and humanities > Social Sciences > Social Sciences (General)
Social Sciences and humanities > Social Sciences > Law and Legal Studies
JGU School/Centre: Jindal Institute of Behavioural Sciences
Depositing User: Shilpi Rana
Date Deposited: 14 Mar 2022 08:58
Last Modified: 14 Sep 2022 10:00
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