At least 346 children were raped in the last four and a half months of the current year across the country, according to Bangladesh Shishu Adhikar Forum, BSAF in short.
The child rights organisation expressed grave concerns over the repeated incidents of sexual abuse of children across the country at a meeting with members of the parliament at the National Parliament Building on Wednesday.
The BSAF tabled a suggestion to form a Parliamentary Caucus on child rights including 25 members of the parliament who would readily stand for child rights issues.
The BSAF statistics also said that the real number of incidents was much higher than the reported as the NGO had collected the data from only 15 national dailies.
It said that at least 1,490 children were violated or abused during this time, including 470 children were sexually abused, 153 killed and 68 committed suicides.
Deputy speaker Fazle Rabbi Miah was present at the event as chief guest where chairperson of the caucus Shamsul Hoque Tuku and co-chairperson Aroma Datta took their charges.
National Human Rights Commission chairman Kazi Reazul Hoque said it was a clear sign of deteriorating human rights condition in the country.
He said that it was a cause for serious concern and he urged the government to take necessary steps to bring the perpetrators to book.
Child rights activists said that the prevailing culture of impunity, social attitude towards girls and women and indifference of the government agencies were the main causes behind the increased rate of rape and other forms of sexual violence in the country.
BSAF director Abdus Shahid Mahmood demanded that the government should initiate ‘speedy trial’ for child rape allegations.
He said that besides the culture of impunity, political shelter, negative attitude towards women and girls, and lack of government attention to curb the repeated incidents of rape are responsible for the declining situation.
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