Human rights NGOs including for women rights have failed pathetically: We have no rights
The International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women was observed on Wednesday (Nov 25) across the world marking it a global curse. Unfortunately, in Bangladesh violence against women is too often viewed as an isolated incident.
Against this backdrop, we need a joint effort that engages all strata of society, including non-government organizations (NGOs), civil society leaders and experts, to bring to an end of sexual and gender-based violence, including rape. Otherwise, the perpetrators remain active under political patronage, threatening individual lives and the fabric of society.
Again, if we cannot put an end to the culture of impunity, we can never be able to stop corruption and to ensure, peace, safety and security in the country.
Meanwhile, the much-talked-about 'Women and Children Repression Prevention (Amendment) Bill, 2020' has been passed in parliament ensuring death penalty as the highest punishment for the heinous crime of rape, following demands from various countrywide demonstrations over a number of rape cases across the country.
According to news reports, Bangladesh has many challenges to overcome in different sectors of national economy. Of the top, the continued corruption in the health sector even during this Covid-19 pandemic situation has proved to be extremely fatal, and made our challenges much more difficult to overcome.
NGOs in Bangladesh failed for their isolated roles without getting together to play septic role against protecting human rights, including women rights. Major NGOs of human rights working safely takers to court earning laming for the courts. These NGOs holding special favour from the government have exposed them shamelessly. They earned affluence and special privileges from the government. They harmed so much the people in Bangladesh have lost all rights, including their right to vote. Till we have perhaps the world's largest number of NGOs for human rights.