It furthers that there is 32% chance that a court will dismiss a case and release the perpetrator
Two thirds of women in Bangladesh, around 66%, have been victims of domestic violence—and 72.7% of them have never disclosed their experience to others.
A joint research conducted by ActionAid Bangladesh and Jatiyo Nari Nirjaton Protirodh Forum, titled "Spotlight on Violence Against Women in Bangladesh: Trends and Solution," unearthed this information, reports UNB.
The Centre for Genocide Studies of Dhaka University (DU) and ActionAid Bangladesh, on Thursday, jointly organized a seminar titled "Violence and Resilience," to publish the outcomes of the research—in the special conference room of Nabab Nawab Ali Chowdhury senate building of DU.
ActionAid Bangladesh Consultant Ahmed Ibrahim presented the results of the research.
According to the research, most women in Bangladesh still suffer from chronic abuse, torture, and violence in their homes. Despite high rates of partner violence, most women do not want to disclose their experience to others.
Only 2.1% of women inform local leaders of their experience, while 1.1% of women seek help from the police. Four out of every five cases, brought before the court by women, are related to violence, according to the study.
"There is only a 3.1% chance that the court will rule in favour of the victim. On the other hand, there is a 32% chance that the court will dismiss a case and release a perpetrator," it said.
The research identified 1773 domestic violence cases, and found that the majority of these cases are dowry-related disputes. The report highlighted that there are no laws that can provide direct protection against any form of violence other than dowry demands after marriage.
Prof Imtiaz Ahmed of DU International Relations and director of Centre for Genocide Studies said: "There is a stereotype that women are safest at home. However, this is not true because most gender-based violence, in Bangladesh, occurs at home."
"We must create public awareness, especially among men, to protest against gender-based violence against women, to ensure a bright future for all," he added.
Farah Kabir, country director of ActionAid Bangladesh; AM Nasir Uddin, manager of Disaster Risk Reduction of ActionAid Bangladesh; Taslima Yasmin, assistant professor of DU law department; and Tasnuva Ahmed, head of operations of Colours FM addressed the seminar— among others.