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October sees rise in gang rape

STAFF REPORTER, Dhaka
October sees rise in gang rape
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The immediate past month of October has seen a total of 183 rape incidents across the country with the number of gang rape having marked rise during the period.

Bangladesh Mahila Parishad (BMP), a rights body working for the women, came up with the revelation yesterday.

The Parishad said a total of 465 women and girls faced torture and violence last month whereas the number was 521 in September.

Records show that the number of gang rape incidents stood at 23 out of the grand total of 183 rape incidents during October, which apparently shows a rise in terms of gang rape victims although the gross total of rape victims marked a sharp fall compared to the total of 232 in September.

Among the victims, 7 were murdered after rape in October. Besides, at least 30 others became victims of attempted rape and 17 were harassed sexually, according to the Mahila Parishad report.

It also found that more than 45 women and girls were murdered in October for various reasons while 19 were physically assaulted and 15 abducted.

Two of the three women tortured for dowry died in October, the report added.

A total of 9 women and girls were forced to commit suicide after being tortured while 53 died mysteriously.

In total, 5 incidents of child marriage took place with 31 more such attempts foiled last month, the report said.

Rights activists blamed a culture of impunity, bias on the part of law enforcers and the administration, social and political unrest, moral decadence and lack of awareness for the increase in number of violence against women.

However, in September the number of total rape incidents reported was the highest to have occurred in any single month since 2010. In October, the number of mysterious deaths marked rise while the number of child marriages marked fall.

Mahila Parishad President Ayesha Khanam said even though women occupied important positions in the country, their rights were yet to get established.

She also said girl children were not safe even in their residences.

The law and order situation has deteriorated to such an extent that women now feel insecure even to travel boarding public transport, she observed.

BK

 

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