Some 69.48% fall victims of sexual harassment through spreading exclusive private pictures and videos in the internet are being perpetrated by their close ones.
Of them, 33.77% cases have affairs between the victims and offenders while in 35.71% cases the offenders are familiar with the victims.
This was revealed on Sunday in a research paper of Cyber Crime Awareness Foundation.
Dhaka University chapter of the Foundation prepared the research paper titled ‘sexual harassment through misuse of technology in Bangladesh’. The report was prepared analysing some 154 crimes collected from national and regional newspapers during the period of January-December of the last year.
The Foundation organised a webinar on the occasion of releasing the report.
President of the Foundation presided over the webinar where chairman of psychology department of Jagannath University Noor Mohammad, chairman of Criminology Department of Dhaka University Khandaker Farzana Rahman, computer network engineer Syed Zahid Hossain, senior assistant commissioner of cyber security and crime unit of Dhaka Metropolitan Police Sayeed Nasirullah and lawyer of Supreme Court Tanzim Al Islam took part.
Research cell convenor and East-West University senior lecturer Monira Nazmi Jahan presented various parts of the research.
The research finds that 92.20% of the victims are women, of them 56.49% are the age range of 18-30 years while 32.47% are under 18 years.
The number of female victims in the age range of 18 to 30 years and below 30 years are much higher than the male victims, but the number is higher for male victims over 30 years range than the females.
It said that most sexual harassment news found in Dhaka division which is 33.12%, followed by Chattogram 16.88%. As per the district-wise sexual harassment incidents, the divisional headquarters are the front-liners.
The report mentioned that the rate of sexual harassment is 62.99% where it is 15.58% for rape, 13.64% for sexuality, 3.25% for suicide, 1.95% for attempt of suicide and 1.95% others.
The rate of spreading videos and pictures is 51.91% and 35.52% respectively.
Among the sexual harassment contents, 35.71% has been spread openly in the cyberspace, especially in the social media. In 40.91% the sexual offenders tried to materialise his/her objective by showing those to the victims personally.
It finds that in 35.71% cases the victims were familiar with the oppressor, while 33.77% cases both had relation of affair whereas in 14.29 cases victims were unknown to the harasser.
For sexual harassment, establishment of sexual relation was found in 63.07% incidents while in 6.25% cases was found as revenge, 23.86% was attempt to snatch away money and property.
The Foundation in its research paper recommended formulating a policy regarding usage of internet for women and children like developed countries to contain the misuse of technology.
It also recommended for extensive publicity, ensuring secured workplace, providing sex education in proper way, ensuring religious discipline and religious education, increase of trained personnel in law enforcing agencies, ensuring proper coordination between victims and law enforcing agencies, removing unemployment and make the youths as skilled workforce through defining age limit of crime prone, nursing and flourishing domestic healthy culture for resisting aggression of pornography and subculture and supervision of parents on their children’s cyber activities.
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