Violence against women and children

Published:  03:30 AM, 16 April 2019

Govt taking stern measures


The government has taken zero tolerance about the killing of Feni madrasa girl Nusrat Jahan Rafi. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Monday assured Nusrat's parents that none will be spared involved in the murder.

The high command of police also irritated about the role of Sonagazi Police Station former officer-in-charge and suggested case can be filed against him. As a result, a case was filed on Monday against OC Moazzem Hossain under the Digital Security Act. It is a positive sign. But the incidents of sexual harassment, killing and rape have been happening one after another.

Three minor girls have reportedly been raped in as many districts --Pabna, Naogaon and Bagerhat --while rape attempt has been made on another minor in Sirajganj on Sunday and Monday. These recent incidents proved that though government is sincerely working to prevent such incidents, stricter measures should be taken in this regard.

Sultana Kamal, eminent rights activist and former adviser to the caretaker government, told the Asian Age that government including Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has directed authorities concerned to take stern actions against the killers of Nusrat Jahan Rafi. It is a good sign. But if such incidents happen in case by case, authority will go in a selection process for justice which will be very dangerous for the country."
     
None raises voice for justice against many killing incidents like Sagor-Runi murder, Tonu killing and Taki murder. Because, the government or high authority quite mum about these incidents. This is the culture of absence of justice, she said.

The rights advocate also thinks if every organization does not function independently according to the rules of business, then justice will be denied and overall situation of sexual harassment, rapes and killings will not decrease in the country. "I hope the state will take proper steps in this regard," she added.  
    
Ruling Awami League lawmaker and a whip in Parliament Mahabub Ara Begum Gini told The Asian Age that government is working to reduce violence against students in the educational institutions. "We have to be more cautious about such incidents and parents should also aware of it," she said.  

Rebecca Momin, another Awami League lawmaker from Netrokona-4 Constituency said, "I think our existing laws should be stricter regarding sexual harassment and rapes.

The dilly dally about the justice should be reduced and all culprits should be tried under speedy trial tribunal giving them exemplary punishment."She also suggests that people should be more cautious about the educational system and ins and out of a educational institution including madrasa curriculum.  
 
Umme Fatema Nazma Begum popularly known as Sheuly Azad, a lawmaker reserved for women, said, "Recent sexual incidents including Feni Madrasa student Nusrat Jahan Rafi are very sad. Though such incidents have decreased in recent years, government is trying to bring it to zero level. It is our expectation."

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