Over 80 per cent of the currently married women in Bangladesh have experienced violent behaviour from their partners at least once and such violence include, among others, physical, sexual, economic, and controlling, says a report.
And, as high as 55 per cent of the married women faced physical or sexual harassment in their lifetime, said UN Women Bangladesh on Saturday, quoting Violence against Women Survey 2015 carried out by Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics.
Only 2.6 per cent took any legal action for partner physical or sexual violence, says the report.
Intimate partner violence is domestic violence by a current or former spouse or partner in an intimate relationship against the other spouse or partner.
About 1 in 5 adolescent girls between the ages of 15 and 19 surveyed in Bangladesh reported experiencing partner sexual violence, according to UNICEF.
Nearly 2 per cent of GDP is lost due to expenses related to violence against women and girls (CARE-B, 2011).
More than 67 per cent of the female respondents of a survey reported that violence at the factory they are working is medium to very high level (ILO Baseline report 2011).
Some 76 per cent female students in higher education institutions faced sexual harassment in their education campus (UN Women).
On the other hand, some 50 per cent of violence incidents reported by Rohingya refugees are sexual assault.
Many cases go unreported by survivors because of ‘safety, confidentiality, shame and stigma’ (UNFPA 2017).
According to Ain-o-Salish Kendro Bangladesh, from 2013 till September 2017, 86 per cent of rape victims were minors i.e. under 18 years.
Among these minors, 49 per cent of rape victims were girls between 7-12 years.
Some 10 per cent of all men interviewed in urban site reported perpetrating some form of rape against a woman or girl in their lifetime (Partners for Prevention - P4P study 2013).
A survey with violence perpetrators reveals that the most common motivation for sexual violence was the belief that sex is men’s entitlement (77 per cent of urban and 81 per cent of rural men).
About 29-35 per cent of men sexually abused women to take out their anger or to punish them, while about 57- 67 per cent of men sexually abused women just for fun (P4P study 2013).
A UN study in Bangladesh asked men if they had forced a woman to have sex in anytime in their lives and 10 per cent men said yes, they had done it, UN Women Bangladesh said citing a 2013 report.
Some 82 per cent of rural and 79 per cent of urban Bangladeshi men said ‘privilege’ as their reason for rape. And an overwhelming 95.1 per cent of these men experienced no legal consequences.
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