Dhaka, Bangladesh
Stem rising rape

Stem rising rape

The social matrix has undergone a vicious change of late. Incidents of rape, repression of women, violence and sexual harassment have been making headlines almost regularly nowadays. We cannot but bend our heads low in shame as we stand helpless and mute onlookers when rape continues unabated. What is left in the society when prurience takes over? Watching the situation all around we are bound to say moral turpitude dominates with impunity in the etiolated society of ours. Reports have it that at least 340 children, including 24 physically challenged ones, were violated in the country in the last seven months of the current year. Of them some 46 fell victims to gangrape. According to statistics of Child Rights Advocacy Coalition in Bangladesh, two children were raped every day on an average in the country. Unofficial data say over 22000 women and children took treatment from one stop crisis centres installed in 10 public hospitals after they were victims of rape and other sorts of violence from 2001 to 2015. Recently the nation is shocked at the media reports of killing after rape of a three-year-old girl in Badda in the capital city. The reports of Bogra rape send a chill down our spine as the accused’s crime went beyond rape. Tufan humiliated both the victims and her mother. The dreadful act, emboldened by power and influence, of getting their heads clean shaven and driving them out at last sparked fury among all quarters of society who took to the streets to protest the incident vehemently. We express our concern over the growing incidents of rape in the country. The social instability and the culture of impunity are mainly attributed to such hateful acts. To stem the recent surge in the crime of rape and violence against women, we think, it is necessary to arrest the accused immediately, produce them before the court, complete investigation properly and quickly and dispose of the cases rapidly. There is no denying that some miscreants are committing crimes like rape and repression and violence against women under the political umbrella. The criminals involved in such crimes have gone out of control as justice cannot be ensured timely. Investigation is inordinately delayed thanks to faulty system. We must remember the adage: ‘Justice delayed is justice denied’.

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