Bangladesh Police on Saturday organized rallies across the country on creating public awareness against rape and violence against women (VAW).
The rallies, held in 6,912 places, started at 10am following the health safety guidelines.
The rallies were attended by a significant number of women, public representatives, teachers, imams and people from different walks of life.
Participants in the rally displayed placards, banners and handed out leaflets that denounce rape and violence against women. They urged people to raise their voices against social crimes like rape and violence on women. Each rally was broadcast live on Facebook.
AIG Sohel Rana said, Bangladesh Police is working hard to bring the perpetrators of rape, violence against women and children to the book to ensure social order and peace and security of the people.
Police have always stood by the people with utmost sincerity in the service of the country and the welfare of the people, he further said.
Jhalakathi Superintendent of Police Fatiha Yasmin was the chief guest at a gathering held at Centerhat area of Shauljalia Union in Kathalia Upazila.
Participants in the programme called on the public to come forward against such heinous crimes and also urged them to denounce such acts.
In Chapainawabganj, a rally was organized by the district police to create awareness on violence against women.
The rally started from Police Super's office and ended at the town club after parading the main roads of the town. Additional Superintendent of Police Mohammad MahbubAlam Khan presided over the rally while Rajshahi Range Reserve Force Commandant (SP) Sheikh Mohammad Mizanur Rahman attended as the chief guest.
A similar rally was held in Sherpur. The Sherpur Superintendent of Police Kazi Ashraful Azim addressed a rally against speaking against such crimes like rape and violence against women which was held at Nizampur College ground.
In Ishwardi, in Pabna,the Police Station organized a rally at the central bus terminal of Ishwardi town. Nuruzzaman Biswas, a local MP addressed the rally as the chief guest.
Nuruzzaman Biswas said drugs are the main reason behind rise in the crimes. He emphasized on preventing drug abuse in the society.