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ASK: 46 killed in ‘crossfire’ since January

  • Published at 03:41 pm March 31st, 2018
  • Last updated at 02:26 am April 1st, 2018
ASK: 46 killed in ‘crossfire’ since January
At least 46 people have been killed in alleged gunfights, between January and March this year, according to a report released by Ain o Salish Kendra (ASK). Thirteen of the victims were killed after they were arrested. ASK collected the information from newspaper reports. During the same period, 25 people – 11 prisoners and 14 detainees – have died in jail, the report, released on Saturday, said. According to newspaper reports, 109 incidents of political violence took place across the country during this period, in which 11 people were killed while 1,488 people were injured. Twenty-seven women were sexually harassed—one of them committed suicide. Two men were also killed for protesting sexual harassment. Over the last three months, 187 women were raped—19 of the victims were murdered after rape and two victims committed suicide. Besides, rape attempts were made on 21 other women. In a three-month period 107 women were victims of domestic violence – 75 of them were murdered and 14 committed suicide. Eighteen women were also assaulted physically. Fifty-five women were tortured for dowry—21 of them were physically assaulted, four victims took their lives and nine women were abandoned by their husbands. During the same period, 11 domestic helps were tortured and three died of unknown causes. Three women became acid victims and three others were tortured over a fatwa (Islamic decree) in three months. According to the report, 422 children were tortured for numerous reasons and killed in the last three months—71 of them were killed and 26 victims committed suicide. Besides, the bodies of two children were recovered after they went missing and the bodies of 20 children were recovered on different occasions. During this period, five residences of the Hindu community were vandalised and set on fire. Seventeen Hindu idols were vandalised and temples were ransacked and set on fire in places across the country. As many as 65 journalists faced harassment and torture on different occasions. The decomposed body of a journalist named Sumon Shikdar was recovered from his own flat in the city’s Jatrabari area. Three people were killed and seven others injured from physical torture by the Indian Border Security Force (BSF) in the last three months. During this period, 16 people were lynched by mobs, according to the report.