The massive protest on the roads of Bangladesh by school and college students brings halt on the road movement and as a result, Bangladesh cabinet approved the new law demanding maximum prison sentence for those causing deaths in the road accident to five years.
The law was proposed after 9 days of protest which paralyzed the Dhaka with students protesting for the deaths of two teenagers by a speeding bus and result into the clashes with the security personnel.
Two children killed in the accident were named as Abdul Karim Rajib and Diya Khanam Mim leaving 12 other injured. In the initial investigation, the driver has been arrested but the capital want more stricter road safety laws which led to the outrage among the youth.
The demands were clear by the protestor as on the last year, Road accidents claimed 7,400 lives leaving 16,000 other injured and transport facilities in Bangladesh is seen as corrupt, dangerous and unregulated.
As per the reports, over 300 vehicles were thrashed in the protest and as a result, bus companies have taken off their vehicles from the road to prevent any further damage. One of the protestor said, “We won’t leave the roads until our demands are met. We want roads and safe drivers”.
The major problems with the bus drivers is that they do not have fix salaries and are forced to earn commissions which motivates them to increase the number of passengers and increase long hour.
A student at polytechnic institute said, “Our demand is that the owners must appoint them and they will work a maximum of 10 hours. The commission based system must be eliminated”.
Under the new law proposed, if a road accident takes away the live of the person and it is considered intentional, then the offender will be considered as murderer. It will be included in the non-bailable offences unlike in past.
The protest erupt international tension as United nations expressed their concern and said that the students and young people has the right to speak on issues troubling them.