Wednesday, January 16, 2019 | ePaper
Ensure safe and free movement of our girls
Pavel, 22, son of a trucker, hailed from Patuakhali and resident of Jurain under Shyampur police station was fatally injured when a gang of 8-10 local hoodlums beat him black and blue on Saturday night following an altercation on stalking his (Pavel's) sister. The assailants left the scene leaving him in a pool of blood. Relatives of the victim rushed him to Dhaka Medical College Hospital where he succumbed to injuries on Sunday morning. A case was lodged for killing Pavel against the stalkers with the concerned police station but no one was arrested till yesterday evening.
Stalking now appears as a social scourge. Rights organization Ain o Salish Kendra said at least 95 women were sexually harassed between January and September of this year and at least 143 people, including 95 females and 48 males, became victims of stalkers. Of the victims, seven were killed, 26 injured and 101 young girls were assaulted due to protests against stalking. Besides, four girls were committed suicide and five other stopped going to school.
We have no such word to condemn the killing of Pavel. The law enforcers should invest all-out resources to nab the killers, no matter how powerful they are. We will have to act together to make the society safe for free movement of our girls.