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Safe Custody

Synopsis
A study of ‘safe custody’ detention in prisons in Bangladesh. Thousands of people are held, it is claimed, for their own protection, but they often held there for years before their cases are heard. Parents whose daughters have married without consent can prosecute the groom for kidnapping and young brides often opt to follow their husbands to prison. ‘Safe custody’ is also used to justify the imprisonment of homeless and mentally ill people, and some women are jailed for their own ‘safety’ after reporting being raped. They are sometimes subjected to rape again by prison guards. The film explores how ‘safe custody’, through arbitrary detention, lack of legal representation and sentences without trial, is a violation of human rights.
Series
Triumph over Terror
Language
English
Country
Bangladesh
Medium
Video; Videocassette. Standard formats. col. 30 min.
Year of production
1998
Availability
Sale - see TRIUMPH OVER TERROR; See: TRIUMPH OVER TERROR
Subjects
Development studies; Social welfare
Keywords
Bangladesh; human rights; women’s rights

Credits

Director
Catherine Masud
Producer
Catherine Masud; Tareque Masud
Writer
Tareque Masud

Production Company

Name

Bangladesh

Distributor

Name

TVE

Email
General email: tve@tve.org.uk.Sales and outreach: distribution@tve.org.uk
Web
http://tve.org/ External site opens in new window
Phone
+ 91 (11) 26 410 684
Address
46 Bloomsbury Street
London
WC1B 3QJ
Notes
TVE works with partners globally to produce films on environment and development issues, as well as health and human rights. Most of the 600 films are available for sale on DVD for educational use. Previously known as Television Trust for the Environment.

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