It is shameful that so many of our children have suffered in this manner
When a society allows for children, its most vulnerable members, to be harmed in a manner beyond comprehension, it must be acknowledged that there is a sickness in society which cannot be allowed to persist or go unpunished.
But that is the truth of the society we currently find ourselves in.
According to Bangladeshi Shishu Adhikar Forum, between January 1 and May 14 of this year, 346 children were raped, of whom 38 were gang-raped.
This does not take into account the more than one hundred children who were abducted, some of whom were later found murdered.
This is a horror that is unfathomable, and there is nothing more shameful than the fact that we live in a society which has been unable to put a stop to such behaviour.
At the end of the day, we must take responsibility for these tragedies, which have continued to occur with increasing frequency.
According to experts, the problem is inherent in the justice system, where laws are lacklustre, investigations are incompetent, trials are delayed, political pressure is applied, social stigma -- amongst a host of other issues which let perpetrators go free.
We owe it to our children to ensure that they are protected and that no one involved in hurting them is allowed to escape the hands of justice.
The government has a solemn responsibility to ensure that everything that acts as an enabler of such behaviour is stamped out.
It is shameful that so many of our children have suffered in this manner -- it would be unforgiveable if our negligence allowed this suffering to continue.