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sexual harassment prevention

87pc varsity students lack knowledge of SC directives

STAFF REPORTER, Dhaka
87pc varsity students lack 
knowledge of SC directives

The majority of university students and professionals are not aware of the directions of the Supreme Court (SC) to prevent sexual harassment that were issued in 2009, according to a study conducted by ActionAid Bangladesh. The study, titled ‘Sexual Harassment at Educational Institutions and Workplaces: Implementation Status of the 2009 Supreme Court Guidelines’, found that 87 per cent of public and private university students do not know the directions, while just 13 per cent had merely heard about the guidelines without knowing further details about what they comprised. Again, 84 per cent of the students did not know that sexual harassment committees existed in their respective universities.

The study also said 64.5 per cent of professionals had no knowledge of it and 14 per cent had only heard about the judgment but did not have any clear understanding or knowledge about the detailed guidelines.

Taslima Yasmin, assistant professor of the Law department of Dhaka University (DU), presented the research at a research report sharing session, ‘Seeking Her Safety Everywhere’, at the Bishwo Shahityo Kendro conference room in the capital’s Banglamotor area on Thursday.

According to another study, jointly conducted by ActionAid Bangladesh and Jatiyo Nari Nirjaton Protirodh Forum, titled ‘Spotlight on Violence Against Women in Bangladesh: Trends and Solutions’, two-thirds of women in Bangladesh, or around 66 per cent, have been victims of domestic violence and 72.7 per cent of them have never disclosed their experience to others.

ActionAid Bangladesh consultant Ahmed Ibrahim presented the research at the session.

Only 2.1 per cent of women apprise local leaders of their experience, while 1.1 per cent of women seek help from the police. Four out of every five cases brought before the courts by women are related to violence, according to the study.

"There is only a 3.1 per cent chance that the court will rule in favour of the victim. On the other hand, there is a 32 per cent chance that the court will dismiss a case and release a perpetrator," it said.

The research identified 1,773 cases of domestic violence, and found that the majority of these cases are dowry-related disputes. The report highlighted that there are no laws that can provide direct protection against any form of violence other than dowry demands after marriage.

In 2009, the High Court division of Supreme Court issued ground-breaking directives to prevent sexual harassment

at workplaces and in public places. The court charged the workplaces and the educational institutions with the responsibility of taking effective measures to prevent sexual harassment.

The court directed educational institutions to increase awareness among students, form committees and implement the guidelines.

In cases of sexual harassment, the High Court directive has also been put in place to ensure the existing law is implemented and ensure institutional justice. The directives also apply to any workplace.

The court further said that strict guidelines must be followed in all public and private sector enterprises and educational institutions till a separate and complete law is formulated for the prevention of sexual harassment.

Kazi Reazul Hoque, chairman of the National Human Rights Commission of Bangladesh (NHRCB), said: “The reality of our country is that no action is taken against harassment or sexual abuse. It is the same condition at workplaces. We need to find the weak point of the law and solve it.”

“It is very important to obey the High Court’s order. If it is practised, the level of abuse in our country will go down. But the reality is that sexual abuse is not prosecuted when recognized in major universities. Again, complaints are often not lodged as many victims want to hide the abuse,” added Hoque.

He said, “We have to raise awareness about the High Court direction among the university students and different professionals and also at the grassroots level to prevent violence against women in Bangladesh.”

 

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