Sufia is a woman who was brutally raped in Bangladesh. The police got involved, but not to catch the criminals. Sufia was recovering in hospital when the police came for her. They brought her to court and then to jail. She was put in ‘Safe Custody.’ Women, girls and boys are taken by the police in Bangladesh and put in jail, ostensibly for their protection. However, the process by which people are brought in is arbitrary and many of the captives encounter more abuse in prison than they had suffered on the outside.
Every year thousands of people in Bangladesh are subjected to ‘Safe Custody’. In the Name of Safety explores the effects of this archaic law through interviews with victims and re-enactments of their experiences. In this film we meet three young girls, a boy and Sufia. They speak frankly about ‘Safe Custody’ and its impact on their lives.