Published:  12:00 AM, 21 March 2017

Adivasi women rights abuse up in 3 years

In the span of three years, human rights abuse on Adivasi women has doubled and the victims do not get justice from the police, court and civil administration. Kapaeeng Foundation and Bangladesh Indig-enous Women's Network (BIWN) in a joint study said the adivasi women of Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT) and plain lands were subjected to murder after kidnap, sexual abuse and rape.

The study presented by Falguni Tripura, Coordinator of BIWN, on Monday in the Daily Star seminar hall was organized by Kapaeeng Foundation. The event was moderated by Dr Sadeka Halim, former Infor-mation Commi-ssioner, while chief guest was Kazi Reazul Hoque, chairman of National Human Rights Commi-ssion (NHCR), Halima Begum of Department of Women Affairs, Advocate Rakhi Das Purkayastha of Bangladesh Mahila Pari-shad, Farida Yasmin, Deputy Commissioner of Head of Victim Support Center of Dhaka Metro-politan Police and Sulekha Mrong, chief of BIWN.

Falguni has said it may look that the number of crime inflicted upon Adivasi women and child are only 53 incidents, but the ratio in relations to national average is 5.7 percent, whereas the national population of Adivasis is only 1.8 percent. The meeting was told that the women and child victims do not get cooperation from the police, hospital doctors and local administration, which hinders from getting justice for the crime they suffered.

Despite constitutional obligation of having reserved seats in national parliament and local government, Adivasi women were not represented in Jatiya Sangsad and Local Government Councils, lamented Falguni Tripura of BIWN. She has also said in annual budget, there is no allocation for Adivasi women.

The special allocations from the Prime Minister's Office (PMO) and Ministry of Chittagong Hill Tracts Affairs do not have budget for skill development and loans for production of Adivasi's traditional crafts, Falguni has added.

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