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Name: Torture and Custodial Death (Prevention) Act, 2013.
Country: Bangladesh
Subject(s): Criminal and penal law; Human rights
Type of legislation: Law, Act
Adopted on: 2013-10-24
Entry into force:
ISN: BGD-2013-L-95798
Bibliography: Legislation on-line Legislation on-line Laws of Bangladesh, Legislative and Parliamentary Affairs Division, Bangladesh PDF of Act in Bengali PDF of Act in Bengali (consulted on 2014-04-18)
Abstract/Citation: The law stipulates that the police, Rapid Action Battalion (RAB), Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB), Customs, Immigration, Criminal Investigation Department (CID), intelligence agencies, Ansar & VDP, Coast Guard and other public servants cannot extract confessional statement through torture.

The law says any custodian torturing a detainee would be liable of committing offences defined under the law. Again, any person attempting to commit, aiding and abetting to commit, or conspiring to commit an offence must be considered an offender.

According to the new law, for any death in custody, the custodian would be awarded with rigorous life imprisonment or a fine of Tk100,000. In addition, they must compensate family members of the affected with Tk200,000.

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