Whether it be on the street or in our homes, violence is a key aspect of Bangladeshi culture.
While it is nice to believe that we have progressed socially, it is sad that so many of our disputes and disagreements see their end in a raised hand.
In a recent study, it was found that almost 80% of parents endorse hitting their children and that 90% of their children’s schools practice corporal punishment as a way of discipline.
This shows complete disregard for children -- who are the most vulnerable members of any society -- and for their rights.
But this speaks of a bigger problem within our society.
We cannot have people thinking that violence is the solution to disputes; in fact, it shows a complete ignorance of logic and reason, and is no way a civil society should function.
And if children are being treated in such a manner, is it any surprise that most disputes on the street end in physical violence?
It is not uncommon for bus drivers and rickshaw pullers to be given a beating when disagreements arise. Most of the time, they remain powerless to do anything, and none of these cases ever end up in court.
The use of violence as punishment only reinforces the harmful power hierarchy in society.
When it comes to violence, it must be made clear that it is unacceptable in any form it rears its ugly head. We need to protect the rights of its victims, especially our children, and make it clear that violence does not solve problems.