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POST TIME: 4 November, 2019 00:00 00 AM / LAST MODIFIED: 4 November, 2019 12:36:34 AM
Violence against women must be checked

Violence against women must be checked

Three more women were added to the list of ghastly list of murdered women in the country. Dead bodies of two women were found after miscreants slit their throats in the capital’s Dhanmondi recently. The incident took place inside a building located at Dhanmondi in the capital. And in Manirampur, Jashore in a gruesomely beastly act a differently able girl was murdered after rape. There is a belief that women are safest at home. However, this is not true because most gender-based violence in Bangladesh occurs at home. As a matter of fact according to a high profile study as many as two thirds of women in Bangladesh have been victims of domestic violence—and 72.7 per cent of them have never disclosed their experience to others.

Bangladesh has proven to be a groundbreaking success story in terms of its soaring economy in front of the world. However, the economic development has evidently failed to translate into a social environment that safeguards the rights of women and children as violence against women and girls are widespread and rising sharply. Women in Bangladesh are disproportionately targeted violence and harassment facilitated online using digital technology. It is undeniable that the expansion of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) and growing internet penetration has heightened the economic development in the country. But due to the embedded prejudices against women in the social-physiological settings and inadequate legal protections have led to increased cyber violence against women.

Studies have found that the violence comes in many forms ranges from cyber stalking, revenge porn, cyberbullying, and trolling. Women and girls are found as the primary recipient of offensive and often aggressive sexual advances and defamatory messages in cyberspace from anonymous and fake sources. False and altered unclothed pictures of women along with spam, sex-act videos, rape threats, and indecent proposals have become the new norm of social media.  Bangladesh has recently seen a substantial rise in child sexual abuse. A recent report from Bangladesh Shishu Adhikar Forum (BSAF), a network of child rights organisation in Bangladesh, revealed that a number of 593 children were raped in the year 2017, 33 per cent more than the previous year. More worrying is that the comparative analysis of the situation also found an increase in the number of murder after rape-- 44 children have been killed after rape until August this year, while the cumulative number of similar cases was half in 2017.

The authorities must create public awareness, especially among men, to protest against gender-based violence against women, to ensure a bright future for all.