The degree and spectrum of violence against women is ever high than any given period in past. Commenting so, activist of National Forum to Prevent Violence against Women said that the violent incidents are comparatively more frequent in urban areas.
In observance of International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, from 25 November to 10 December, the rights activists came up with the assertions at a press conference at the Jatiya Press Club yesterday. Speakers at the program shed light on several statistics of BRAC, ActionAid, Ain O Salish Kendra and Bangladesh Mahila Parishad. Citing the report, the forum member secretary Mahmuda Begum said degree of violence against women was on the rise.
According to ActionAid study on women's safety, "54.7% of women living in urban areas in Bangladesh are victims of violence."Mahmud, also executive director of Sabujer Ovijan Foundation said: "Bangladesh ranks sixth in a list of 10 countries surveyed on women's safety."
Kashfia Firoz of ActionAid critically analyzed the findings and said: "The lengthy process of trial is one of the main obstacles to get rid of the situation. Many of the victims do not get justice over the issues.""ActionAid helps the victims in getting justice and it achieved some legal success in some cases," said Kashfia.
The forum president Momtaz Ara, citing example of Shazneen murder case, opined: "If the affluent father had to wait 19 long years for the justice, then we can imagine how many girls are getting justice." She demanded speedy trials for rape or murder cases. The speakers also put forward seven recommendations to end gender-based violence.
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