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venerdì 25 novembre 2016
Child rapes on the rise in Bangladesh
Children are raped every day across Bangladesh; children are not even safe at homes. Statistics of Bangladesh Shishu Adhikar Forum (BSAF) shows that 325 children were raped during January-September this year.
A total of 1,301 children were raped in between 2012 and September 2016. The number was highest last year with 521 child rapes.
The numbers were 199 in 2014, 170 in 2013 and 86 in 2012.
Experts think the number would not have gone so high if child abuse cases had been disposed of quicker and exemplary punishment had been meted out to the perpetrators.
According to BSAF statistics, a total of 169 children were victims of gang rape, 93 were murdered after rapes, 32 committed suicides after rapes and attempts were made to rape 165 children.
The majority of them were raped between the ages of 5 to 12. The rapists tempted the children with chocolates, toys or fancy stuff and took them to a deserted place and raped.
Children between 13 and 18 years of age were raped with offers of marriage or rapists forced them to go to a secluded place or they were raped when alone at home.
Of the 325 children raped in 2016, 48 were victims of gang rape while 31 physically challenged children and five housemaids were raped and 15 were killed after rapes.
Director of BSAF Abdus Shahid Mahmud said as rapists and criminals are not brought to justice, child rapes are on the rise.
Secondly, there is loopholes in the law through which a perpetrator can easily escape justice.
Thirdly, most of the victims are from poor families and that is another reason as to why the victims cannot get justice. As the criminals are above the status of the victims, they either settle the issue in exchange for money or frighten them away with their muscle power.
Human rights activist advocate Alina Khan said there are laws, but laws are not applied properly. Cases are filed but a section of police often do not investigate those in exchange for money.