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1 December, 2017 00:00 00 AM
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‘54pc women victims of violence’

Staff Reporter

Fifty four per cent of Bangladeshi women are victims of violence, while 49 per cent feel insecure in public transport and 48 per cent in public services. This has been revealed in a new study by the development agency Action Aid. The agency works in 10 countries in the US, Africa and Asia.

The research also notes that the number obtained by Bangladesh for safety of women is 39.32, which makes it sixth among 10 countries. It makes clear that the rate of violence against women in Bangladesh is high. As far as safety is concerned, women in the cities of Bangladesh are in a very bad situation.

The research report says that Bangladesh is in a situation similar to the war-crashed country of Congo when it comes to security for women.

Action Aid has conducted a research titled “Whose City”, which is being launched globally as part of ‘16 Days of Activism against Gender Based Violence Campaig’n. The study presents the results of an evaluation of women’s safety in urban spaces in a broad selection of countries in which Action Aid works: Bangladesh, Brazil, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Jordan, Liberia, Nepal, Nigeria, Senegal, South Africa and Zimbabwe.

In Bangladesh, it came up with the findings after conducting a survey on 1,200  women living in the seven divisional cities of the country.

The score is zero in the issue of gender sensitivity, which is never taken into account during urban planning in Bangladesh. Women are not considered for any road or establishment in the city. The rate of violence is 54.7 per cent. In all, 65 per cent of the women surveyed felt the police would blame them rather than the perpetrators, while 57 per cent felt that the crime would not be taken seriously.

On the basis of the research report, Mufti Mahmud Khan, RAB’s director of law and media, said: “It’s difficult to take immediate action against harassment of or violence on women in the streets and impossible to bring the level of violence to zero.”

Research says there is a law in Bangladesh to resolve the violence against women. However, there is no specific law for women to fight sexual harassment at public places. Again, there is no direct law to stop sexual harassment.

Prof. Akhtar Mahmud of Jahangirnagar University’s city planning department said: “When the city planning was done, women’s participation was low. So, the city has turned into a city of men.”

Action Aid’s Bangladesh country director Farah Kabir said: “We could not ensure the safety of women during the last 40–45 years. We are concerned about the way women are being tortured at home, outside and on the streets.”

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