Missing Mirpur girls

Proper parenting needed to help teenagers thrive

Published : 08 Oct 2021 08:05 PM | Updated : 09 Oct 2021 05:05 PM

The Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) on Wednesday found the last three of eight girls who went missing from Dhaka’s Mirpur. Five of them were rescued on October 4.

Earlier on September 29, three teenage friends left their homes without saying anything to their families.  One of them took Tk 6 lakh in cash, another took 2.5 tolas of gold ornaments and the other took Tk 75,000. They also took their SSC certificates, birth certificates and several mobile phones from their houses. Their cell phones were destroyed and Facebook accounts were deactivated after they left home as the girls left their homes on their own.

Earlier they met one Hafsa Chowdhury, a 25-year old woman while hanging out with friends two months ago. And Hafsa allured girls of sending them to Japan after hearing about their interest in the island nation.

Cybercrime and human 

trafficking have now 

become a global problem

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The girls told the law enforcement agencies that they lost interest in their studies due to “excessive pressure” from their families to adhere to social and religious norms, in addition to their addiction to social media. After they grew an interest in Japanese culture, they learned the language by watching Japanese TV shows and movies.

The girls were drawn to Japan as it offers “equal rights to men and women, freedom, opportunity to get adopted and a moderate view on social and religious bindings. Two associates of Hafsa, identifying themselves as 'Asif' and 'Shafiq', met them in Cox’s Bazar and took away some of their money and gold ornaments. However, they decided to return to Dhaka after sensing the RAB's presence around the place.

We express our deep concern over such incident and urge the government to take stern action against those involved in alluring the girls for trafficking.

The most important thing is that the trend of crimes is changing with the advent of newer technologies. Therefore, we think cybercrimes are increasing drastically and we have to prevent it at any cost.

Cybercrime and human trafficking have now become a global problem and we have to protect our country from the menaces. In this regard, parents, guardians and teachers will have to play a stronger role in curbing trafficking alongside stopping humiliating the young girls. We all have to strive to bring the teenagers to normal life.

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