About 43 per cent women patients at public hospitals experience abuse by service providers, according to a study unveiled in Dhaka on Sunday.
The study, conducted by ActionAid Bangladesh, on public services in response to violence against women and girls in public spaces also found that 30 per cent women experienced physical torture at police stations when they went there for lodging complaints.
It was unveiled at a seminar on gender-responsive public services for inclusion and accountability at Dhaka Reporters Unity.
Pratima Paul Majumder, lead researcher of the study, said that they found that about 50 per cent women had faced sexual harassments at marketplaces.
Based on interviews and focus group discussions of 400 respondents of five slums of Khulna, Narayanganj, Rajshahi and Chittagong cities, the study also found that about 30 per cent women were teased at police stations.
ActionAid country director Farah Kabir said that women were more vulnerable to violence and unable to access their rights due to lack of women-friendly situation at public services.
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