Bangladesh Nationalist Party on Friday formed a national committee ‘Nari O Shishu Odhikar Forum’ to support the victims of rape and repression with legal and other supports and to create a social movement to prevent these menaces.
BNP standing committee member Gayeshwar Chandra Roy made the announcement at a press conference at the party’s central office at Naya Paltan in the capital and said that they formed the forum as per directives of their party’s acting chairman Tarique Rahman.
Gayeshwar said that the people were witnessing a dreadful scenario of repression on women and children who are 64 per cent of the total population and that the oppression was on the rise.
He said that they formed the forum to create awareness among the people, strengthen the activities to uphold women and child rights, legal and medical support to the victims, teaching the children not to oppress women from their respective families, work to ensure women empowerment, and involving the youths in the activities.
He alleged that many gruesome incidents of violence against women were suppressed by the influential quarters.
‘Our forum will work so that the ruling party and the influential quarters cannot hush up such incidents and deny the victims justice,’ he said.
He announced the 61-member committee with BNP standing committee member Selima Rahman as convener and executive committee member Nipun Roy Chowdhury as the member secretary of the forum.
An advisory panel of the forum has also been formed with Gayeshwar as its chief adviser. The other members of the advisory panel were Khandker Mahbub Hossain, AJ Mohammad Ali, AZM Zahid Hossain, Abdul Awal Mintoo, Zainul Abedin and Ruhul Kabir Rizvi.
He said that the committees would now be formed across the country.
Addressing the press conference, Selima Rahman said, ‘Guardians are seriously worried about the security of their girls and children. The repression of women and children marked a sharp raise due to the misrule and lack of accountability of the government.’
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