Bangladesh is to introduce the death penalty for rape cases, following days of protests about the country’s high level of sexual violence against women.
Law Minister Anisul Haq told the press that the president would issue an ordinance on Tuesday making it law.
There was widespread outrage in Bangladesh last week after footage of a brutal gang assault on a woman went viral on social media.
An activist group says it recorded about 5,400 rape cases last year.
But activists say conviction rates are extremely low and many cases go unreported because women fear they will be stigmatised. Protesters galvanised by last week’s viral video have demanded faster trials and changes to the way rape cases are prosecuted.