Domestic violence increases during holidays: study

Staff Correspondent | Published: 01:26, Jun 15,2020


Incidents of domestic and dowry-related violence have increased and sexual violence has fall in Bangladesh during the general holidays announced by the government for COVID-19 situation, a study said.

Bangladesh Peace Observatory of Dhaka University’s Centre for Genocide Studies unveiled the study findings on Sunday.

BPO assistant research manager M Humaun Kabir told New Age that they analysed 26 types reported violent incidents which took place during March 20 to May 31.

He said that though the general holiday began from March 26 and it ended on May 30, they analysed the data for 72 days since March 20 to May 31. He said that they compare the data with the previous 72 days.

The study showed that domestic and dowry-related violence had increased by at least 10 per cent during the time while 194 incidents took place across the country.

It said that 157 people were killed and 64 were injured in such violent incidents while 85 people were arrested.

The study said that Rajshahi and Chattogram had the highest incident rates while incidents had tripled in number in Barishal and Sylhet divisions.

The findings said that incidents of sexual violence dropped by 42 per cent during the 72 days while 389 incidents took place across the country.

Twenty-eight deaths were reported for sexual violence while 339 people were arrested to that end, the study said.

The findings also said that the violence against children was also dropped by 14 per cent while 258 children were killed in 558 incidents.

Of the victims, 257 were sexually assaulted and 246 were wounded while 339 people were arrested, the findings said.

According to the study, mob violence, gunfight and border-related violence also drooped during the time.

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