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MJF to launch campaign against child rape, harassment

  • Published at 01:37 pm May 29th, 2019
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Shaheen Anam, director of Manusher Jonno Foundation, speaks at a press conference on the organization’s plan to raise awareness against child rape in National Press Club, Dhaka on Wednesday, May 29, 2019 Mehedi Hasan/Dhaka Tribune

Thirty-two children victims of attempted rape in the last five months

Manusher Jonno Foundation (MJF), a non-profit social welfare organization, is planning to start a campaign to raise awareness against child rape and harassment.

The announcement was made at a media briefing at the Maulana Akram Kha Auditorium of the National Press Club in Dhaka on Wednesday.

At the media briefing, MJF Executive Director Shaheen Anam called for a vulnerability study to be conducted in Dhaka.

She said: "The study will initially start in Dhaka. Later we will cover the whole country with the help of our 106 cooperative organizations. We want to run this pilot project with the help of government, to raise awareness against child rape and harassment. 

"We have notified the mayors of both city corporations of Dhaka regarding this issue."

MJF will take seven initiatives to eradicate child rape, suicide, and sexual harassment, including the formation of ‘Child Security Committees’.

They have also urged a 10-point charter of demands to save the country’s children.

MJF calculated the number of attempted rapes from the information provided by six national dailies, taking their reports from the last five months.

According to the information gathered by MJF, 233 children have been raped in the last five months, of which six were boys, while 12 girls died.

Among the 12 who died, seven were killed after being raped and two committed suicide.

32 children have also faced rape attempts in the last five months.

Sharmeen Murshid, chief executive officer of non-government organization Brotee, said internet porn site visits from Bangladesh has been the highest in the sub-continent.

She said: “Many Bangladeshis are addicted to porn and becoming pedophiles. This is a big reason behind the increasing rate of rape and sexual violence.”

“Sometimes we see bus drivers involved in rape and sexual violence. This kind of crime is increasing due to drug addiction,” Sharmeen added.

She demanded all out access to children, especially in madrasas across the country.