Violence against women

Adopt zero-tolerance policy against gender-based violence

Published : 22 Jul 2022 08:21 PM

It needs no mentioning 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

According to a new report by Ain o Salish Kendra (ASK), at least 476 women have been raped in the country in the first six months of 2022. Reportedly, a total of 228 women were victims of domestic violence between January and June this year. Of them, 140 were killed and 42 died by suicide.

Are we doing enough to protect our female 

counterparts from the evils of our society?

Experts have pointed 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.

In order to end violence against women, streamlining better processes to facilitate complaints and provide counselling and medical help are imperative. Also, punishment of those who will be found involved with incidents of rape and violence against women and children must be ensured.

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? Sexual abuse has long been sidelined in Bangladesh and this must be changed. 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. Bangladesh should strive to become a role model in eradicating violence against women and children. In this regard, we must adopt a zero-tolerance policy against violence against women. Also, the government must adopt tough legal measures to prosecute rapists and violators in no time.