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25 April, 2019 00:00 00 AM
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Sexual harassment needs to be stopped

Many laws have been formulated for protecting women from sexual harassment, but they cannot be fully implemented
SHAHIDUL ISLAM
Sexual harassment needs to be stopped

Sexual harassment is a social stigma both in the rural and urban areas of Bangladesh. Women either wearing hijab or pant-shirt are not safe in the school, college, university even madrassah. Nusrat Jahan Rafi was a madrasah student who had been harassed by their principal and finally burned to death by the follower of the principal. Two school going girls in Barisal and Gazipur committed suicide due to embarrassment by the stalkers on the way before some days. Most of the female workers face sexual abuse at the workplace which is either government job or private job. Especially garments female workers are sufferers of sexual harassment. Sexual harassment is being occurred some particular places such as on the way by stalkers, in the educational institution by their friends, juniors, seniors or by teachers and workplace by their colleagues. Women become as a product of violence. The forms of violence against women are physical, psychological, sexual or domestic.

Sexual harassment is one of the aspects of violence against women. Now, the rate of sexual harassments is increasing in our country. From the child girl to old women are victims of sexual abuse. There is no single day passing without sexual violence in the country. For this reason, according to the Human Rights Council report, it can be considered that sexual harassment has become a part of the culture in Bangladesh.

The article titled “Sexual harassment elimination and prevention policy" of Bangladesh Legal Aid and Service Trust (BLAST) mentioned that sexual harassment as unwelcome sexually determined behavior, demand or request for sexual favors and attempt or effort to establish physical relation by abuse of authoritative or administrative power. Sexual harassment is divided into two different parts: physical and psychological. Rapes, forced prostitution, women trafficking are well known physical harassments within the society. Besides, the recent trends of physical harassments are: standing too close aside women in public transportations, touching body intentionally, putting a hand on their shoulder, pushing them while walking, etc. are also the examples of physical sexual harassment. A study by development organization BRAC has revealed that 94% of women in public transports in Bangladesh have experienced sexual harassment in verbal, physical and other forms. Psychological harassment includes threats of harms or intimidation, humiliation; throw defamatory comments and sexually abusive language, directly in front of people or by cell phone, letter, SMS email, accusation and blame through social media by going viral porn picture or videos of women, etc.

Manusher Jonno Foundation says that at least 47 children were either raped or subjected to attempted rape and sexual harassment in the last 15 days since April 2. Among them, 39 were raped during this period. According to “Ain o Salish Kendra” report 2019, at least 189 females, including 123 children were raped across the country in the first three months of this year. The number was 187 during the same period last year. The statistics prove that the prevalence of sexual harassment is very high in Bangladesh.

Many laws have been formulated for protecting women from sexual harassment, but they cannot be fully implemented. In many cases, criminals allied with powerful political parties. As a result, victims don't get proper justice. Adjudicators are biased to the influential person or political leaders who patronize criminals. Offenders come out from jail without punishment by means of illegal way. Due to lack of proper implementation of law or punishment, the numbers of offenders are increasing geometrically in Bangladesh. When the rule of law fails to ensure punishment against criminals, crimes will increase in a country. Society becomes a place of anarchy.

In general, women don't expose the issues of sexual assault because of being ashamed, fear of stigmatization, maltreated by a patriarchal society and retained the prestige of the family. It induces a sexual harasser to conduct sexual violence frequently. Therefore, female must change these attitudes of being silent and protest with their full strength as well as report to the law enforcing agency. Women should come out from “mute group” of society and have to raise their voices. Also, women should challenge the stereotypes culture of society. In that case, “ME TOO” movement is the inspiration of women. “ME TOO” is a well familiar movement against sexual harassment over the world. That has emerged against sexual abuse within the workplace. From the perspective of all religious scriptures, women should wear a decent dress for saving themselves from the perpetrator. Moral education should be provided at the school level. On the contrary, some scholars think that the dress isn't a fact; rather it needs to be mentally changed. Both decent dress up and psychological perspectives are significant for women safety. Men should respect women as their mother and sister. Those moral attitudes towards them should be reformed. Eventually, our social norms, ethics, and values must change to protect women from sexual assault.

The writer is a contributor. Email: shahidulislam970158@gmail.com

 

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