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Report: 70% rape victims out of 826 child violence cases

  • Published at 02:43 pm July 25th, 2019
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Ain-o-Salish Kendra (ASK) officials during a press conference at National Press Club on Thursday, July 25, 2019 Mehedi Hasan/Dhaka Tribune

Child Rights Advocacy Coalition (CRAC) reports 224 children murdered

Of the 826 instances of violence against children in 2019, a staggering 70% were either raped or attempted to be raped. Murder accounted for over one-fourth (224 children) of these instances of violence.

Child Rights Advocacy Coalition (CRAC) reported on Thursday, based on news clippings that of the 471 cases of rape, that only about 83% (390 cases) had victims seeking justice. Of the murders, only 38% of the cases saw any legal measures from the victims.

The report found that teachers were perpetrators of sexual and physical abuse in 103 instances. But only 25 complaints were lodged.

According to the report, children between seven and 18 are most likely to fall victims of violence. Based on the trend of violence over the last five years, Ain-o-Salish Kendra (Ask), a member of the coalition, reported that nine out of every ten rape victims are either children or teenaged girls.

The coalition recommended eight measures to prevent violence against children as only 3% of such cases result in conviction as reported by Women and Children Repression Prevention tribunal from five districts.

The recommendations included a law to end all kinds of abuse and follow up to ensure effective implementation, formation of a new court as stipulated by the Children Act 2013, sexual assault policies at academic institutions in line with the High Court directives and a special team to assist children in cases of violence against them.  

The report recommended formation of an independent national commission for the rights of children and minors.

Other members of the coalition include Save the Children, Action Aid Bangladesh, Terre des hommes and Bangladesh Shishu Adhikar Forum.