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The system must not fail her

  • Published at 06:26 pm September 14th, 2017
The system must  not fail her
The Satkhira rape survivor who held a human chain in front of the Satkhira Press Club, and threatened to commit suicide if the culprits were not brought to justice, deserves to be applauded for her bravery. Hardly a day goes by without a news report of rape or sexual assault in the country, and what’s worse is that the vast majority of rapes are not even reported because victims fear the stigma surrounding the matter. And in cases when the crime of rape is reported, most victims never see justice, with rapists and assaulters constantly slipping through the cracks of the system. But this woman from Satkhira, defying social pressures, had the courage to not only go public, but also identify the perpetrators in a written statement. Threats and intimidation did not work on her. The Satkhira rape survivor has pushed forward with her demands, braving the possible harassment and stigma she will now face. Her demand for justice stands for a demand on behalf of all victims of sexual assault, and will encourage more victims to come forward. Time and again, the legal system has failed to throw rapists behind bars, encouraging the crime to continue unabated -- furthermore, would-be rapists are not deterred, as they do not sufficiently fear punishment. But enough is enough, we need to start treating rape as the gravest of crimes that it is. There is no way now to ignore the demand for justice -- it has come across loud and clear. The legal system must not fail her.