Child deaths from suicide, road crashes and lightning strikes have doubled
Incidents of violence towards children have seen a sharp rise in the first six months of this year and 2018 is likely to be more horrible for children compared to 2017.
Between January and June, a total of 2,033 children were reportedly subjected to different forms of violence, according to a Bangladesh Shishu Adhikar Forum (BSAF) report released on Sunday.
It said abuse, suicide, kidnapping, rape and murder of children were significantly higher in number this year compared to the same period last year.
The number of children killed in road accidents and drowning is also higher this year.
According to BSAF, 477 children were victims of sexual abuse. Among them, 351 were raped in the past six months, which is about 15% more than last year.
Also, 43 children were victims of rape attempts, 77 of sexual harassment and seven were sexually assaulted, the report said.
However, the number of victims of child pornography has decreased, it added.
According to the report, a total of 1,036 children had unnatural deaths, and 216 of them were killed in the six months – a 25% increase – while some 170 children committed suicide – a 45% increase.
It also highlighted the rising number of children dying in accidents – mainly road, drowning and lightening – across the country.
The report said 358 children were killed in road accidents, which is nearly double than last year. A total of 357 children had died in road crashes in the 12 months of 2017, and 183 of them were killed in the first six months.
Meanwhile, 233 children drowned in the last six months. The number was 142 in the same period last year.
But child deaths from lightening strikes have increased over 50%, the report said. Sixty-three children died from lightning strikes so far this year, whereas the number was 26 between January and June last year, and 94 more died during cold waves this year.