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Law minister: Violence against women still goes unreported

  • Published at 09:38 pm March 2nd, 2019
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The government is dedicated to preventing domestic violence and violence against women, the minister said

Many incidents of violence against women are still not reported to the authorities, despite having legal aid services at the union level, said Law Minister Anisul Huq.

He urged non-government organizations to help victims reach legal aid offices.

Anisul made the remarks while inaugurating a workshop on Saturday on the "Role of government legal aid to prevent domestic violence," jointly organized by the National Legal Aid Services Organization and Manusher Jonno Foundation (MJF), at the Judicial Administration Training Institute.

The government is dedicated to preventing domestic violence and violence against women, the minister said.

He emphasized raising awareness among men and women and promoting the Domestic Violence (Prevention and Protection) Act 2010, and Domestic Violence Prevention Policy 2013.

Anisul said women are still deprived of their rights and proper justice.

"Violence against women will come down if the victims of domestic violence become aware of the law and the perpetrators are brought to justice," he said.

He said 1,85,286 women have got free legal aid by calling 16430 helpline.

The minister said the government has brought legal aid facilities to the union level and urged NGOs to help victims of domestic violence get to government legal aid offices for help.

"We are trying to put an end to violence against women through women’s empowerment," he said.

The workshop was presided over by National Legal Aid Services Organization Director, Bikash Kumar Saha. JATI Director General, Khandaker Musa Khaled, Law Secretary, Abu Saleh Sheikh Mohammed Zahirul Haque, and MJF Executive Director Shaheen Anam spoke at the event.