Rights activists in a discussion on Monday said that the violence against women was increasing in the country as the culture of impunity continued letting most of the offenders escape justice.
Human rights organisation Odhikar and women’s resource centre Narigrantha Prabartana organised the discussion at the latter’s office in the capital to mark the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women.
Speakers in the discussion also said that most of the incidents of violence against women remained unpublished due to patriarchal notions of gender and social stigma.
Odhikar gender expert and senior researcher Taskin Fahmina said that the number of trial of offenders and their punishment was fewer than the number of the violence against women in the country.
Presenting Odhikar’s data, she said that between January 2009 and October 2019, 7,895 women and girls were raped while 601 women and girls were victims of acid violence and 3,594 women were victims of violence for dowry.
Presided over by UBINIG director Sima Das Simu, the discussion was also addressed by Grihosramik Odhikar Unnayan joint secretary Kazi Renuara, Samajtantrik Mahila Forum general secretary Sampa Basu, Readymade Garments Workers’ Federation president Lovely Yesmin and International Culture University professor Motahara Banu among others.
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