We love to take pride in the success of women, but are we doing enough to protect our female counterparts from the evils of our society? There is no denying that the incumbent government has taken a number of initiatives to prevent gender-based violence but hitherto incidents of violence against women happen almost every day in our country. Also, the pandemic has resulted in an increase in cases of violence against women.
It needs no mentioning that diminishing social and family values and a culture of impunity are the primary reasons behind rising trend in violence against women. Moreover, because of the social stigma associated with sexual violence, many of the incidents go unreported.
Sexual abuse has long been
sidelined in Bangladesh
and this must be changed
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Considering the situation, spreading awareness about the importance of reporting incidents of abuse has become pertinent to end violence against women. We need to raise public awareness on recognising and preventing all forms of abuse.
There are many instances where the perpetrators come out on bail after getting arrested. Considering the situation, the government must adopt tough legal measures to prosecute rapists and violators in no time. Also, we must adopt a zero-tolerance policy against violence against women.
In order to end violence against women, streamlining better processes to facilitate complaints and provide counselling and medical help are imperative. Sexual abuse has long been sidelined in Bangladesh and this must be changed. Last but not least, Bangladesh should strive to become a role model in eradicating violence against women and children.