Staff reporter: Roads, transportation, educational institutions, workplaces - even at home - about 84% of Bangladeshi women continue to be sexually harassed. From January to November 2021, there were a total of 1,194 incidents of rape in the country. Of these, 489 women and 705 children have been raped.
This information was given in a notification of the Bangladesh National Women Lawyers Association. The organization has expressed deep concern and condemnation over the recent incidents of violence against women across the country.
Advocate Salma Ali, President of the Bar Association, said that at present, violence against women in the country is increasing at an alarming rate in every case. A university student named Mahmuda Khanam Ankhi died in Chittagong yesterday after being tortured by her lawyer husband.
Besides, Elma Chowdhury, a student of the dance department of Dhaka University (DU) died on December 14 in Banani of the capital after being tortured by her husband. Doctors said there were numerous signs of torture on his body. The violence caused a stir across the country.
The Bangladesh National Association of Women Lawyers is closely monitoring the situation and calls for the establishment of justice by ensuring the punishment of the real culprits is subject to a transparent and impartial investigation within the stipulated time.
Expressing concern, Salma Ali said that if the real culprits of this incident are not punished, the perpetrators will get away with abusing muscle power and power, as a result of which the entire women and children of the country will be insecure.
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