Rights activists said Tuesday that the culture of impunity and silence was not only encouraging recurrence of violence against women but also alarmingly increased these crimes by type, scale and severity.
They raised their voice on the burning issues at a news conference at Mahila Parishad’s Sufia Kamal Auditorium at Segunbagicha in the capital.
Samajik Protirodh Committee, a platform of 66 women and rights organizations, organised the news conference in the backdrop of setting fire to a Feni madrassah girl and alarming increase in crimes against women and girl children.
Moderating the press conference, Mahila Parishad president Ayesha Khanom said that raping and violence became a tool of repression against women and girl children to halt women’s advancement and strengthen male chauvinism.
She said that the raping f a mother of six children on March 31 and the raping of a mother of four children on December 30 in Noakhali centring the general election, made the area an area of political violence against women.
She said that the administration, in cases of violence against women, does not respond promptly and properly.
She also said that the law enforcement agency members, in most cases, don’t respond promptly and properly under political influence and also because they lack gender sensitivity and social responsibility.
Terming the violence against women as ‘crimes against humanity’, she urged all the quarters to fight against the menace politically, socially and culturally.
Bangladesh Nari Pragati Sangha executive director Rokeya Kabir said that the spirit of the Liberation War could not be established if violence against women continued.
Kashfia Feroz of Action Aid said that the authorities were losing the credibility for not enforcing the law in the cases of violence against women.
Selina Ahmed of Acid Survivors’ Foundation said that the sharp increase of violence against women would make the government’s publicity campaign about its huge leap forward hollow.
Dilip Kumar Sarkar of Hunger Project, Chanchana Chakma of Bangladesh Indigenous Women Network and Fahmida Zaman of Ain o Salish Kendra also spoke.
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