Thursday, February 21, 2019 | ePaper
Strict implementation of law can stop children's sexual harassment
The Rights body reported that; of the 71 violated women and children, 32 were between six and 18 years old. In 2018, at least 732 women and children were raped across the country. It is apprehended that children are targeted in particular because they could resist the least and could be intimidated easily. We think, the parents should make their children aware of the dangers. The surge of sexual violence is caused by the culture of impunity and political and economic clout of the oppressors. Less than 2 per cent of rape cases filed between 2012 and 2017 ended in conviction as many perpetrators forced the victims to settle the matter outside courts. Besides, sometimes the legal process is so humiliating that the victims lose their interest. Data from Dhaka Metropolitan areas paint even a grimmer picture --- just 1.06 per cent cases saw convictions between 2002 and 2017.
Rape, gang-rape and murder after rape --- all have become common in this society where rules of the law went hibernation in the age of women empowerment and gender parity. Children who fall victim to abuse may suffer from mental disorders, depression and social phobia in future. We must establish a safe haven for our kids and women. Despite all the odds, we cannot let the criminals rule over the innocents.