The Cabinet on Monday approved the drafts of the proposals for constituting two separate laws for formation of metropolitan police in Gazipur and Rangpur districts of the country.
The approval was given in the weekly meeting of the cabinet held at Prime Minister Office with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in the chair.
The cabinet has given final approval to the drafts of “Gazipur Metropolitan Police Act, 2017″ and ‘Rangpur Metropolitan Police act, 2017” aimed at formation of separate metropolitan police force in the two cities, said Cabinet Secretary M Shafiul Alam.
“Formation of the two metropolitan police forces becomes necessary following the establishment of Gazipur and Rangpur City Corporations,” Shafiul added.
About the punishment under the draft laws, he said, according to the draft law, police officials are empowered to impose fine in most of the cases for violation of the acts.
A police officer-in-charge could arrest a person for committing a criminal offence before him or issue a notice at the home of a person for any offense.
Any person to be found guilty for teasing women and girls at public places and showing indecent body languages or touching body of a woman would have to face one year jail or fine of taka minimum five thousand and maximum ten thousand or both, the draft proposed.
In this case, concerned judicial magistrate will impose the punishment and Chief Judicial Magistrate Court would accomplish the task until the Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Court is established in the two districts.