Rape is a crime of power to control, which aims to limit women's mobility and freedom, opined veteran human and women's rights activist Kamla Bhasin on Saturday.
Speaking at a conference, she said: “Rape is done to shame the women so that they are afraid to be free and live as a human being.”
South Asian Coordinator for One Billion Rising, Kamla spoke on a number of human rights issues, from the rise of extremism and radicalisation to the rise of violence against women as a result of living in a patriarchal society to explaining feminism which is an action against patriarchy and not against men.
She said: “Rape is a result of a patriarchal social system which aims to control. Rapists are not born rapist but taught by a patriarchal society to disrespect women. They are taught that they can get away with violating a woman's body.
“In an equal world men would also take care of the children but we don’t teach our men to be humans first. Gender is a social construct.”
Speaking at "Talk with Kamla," she also addressed the rising number of rapes, saying: “There is an ongoing debate which says the number of rapes didn’t increase at all. Rather, women and girls are coming forward more, breaking the silence.”
The conference was organised by Sangat Bangladesh and One Billion Rising Bangladesh Chapter where other issues such as gender equality and property rights were also discussed, moderated by rights activist Khushi Kabir.