Following the much-talked-about gang-rape of a Garo woman inside a running micro-bus in the capital, an indigenous student group has come up with a voluntary security initiative for working indigenous women in Dhaka.
The group, Garo Student Union, has announced it would provide security for working indigenous women in the capital during the upcoming Ramadan and Eid.
The union has divided the capital into four zones to implement the "Indigenous Women Security" programme, Deny Drang, president of the platform's central committee, told the Dhaka Tribune on Monday.
On receiving a phone call from any indigenous working woman, Garo Student Union's volunteers will pick her up from her workplace and drop her off at her residence, he said.
On May 21, five unknown criminals forcefully took a 21-year-old indigenous woman inside a grey-coloured microbus while she was waiting at the Biswa Road bus stand for a bus. The criminals, including the driver of the microbus, violated her on the running vehicle and threw her out of it in Uttara.
Formed in 1980, Garo Student Union works for the welfare of indigenous students. It has 11 branches across the country.
Four zones and contact persons
The zones under the "Indigenous Women Security" programme are: Zone A: Uttara, Banani, Gulshan, Kalachandpur, Shahjadpur, Badda and Rampura. Contact persons for zone A: Tony Hogidag (01718750000), Choyon Bema (01723007091).
Zone B: Mohakhali, Mirpur, Farmgate, Monipuripara, Tejkunipara, Tejturi Bazar, Rajabazar, Green Road and Kathalbagan. Contact persons for zone B: Bipul Chiran (01962400651), Proloy Nakrek (01924213502).
Zone C: Jigatola, Dhanmondi, Sat Mosjid Road, Mohammadpur and Shukrabad. Contact persons for zone C: Tutul Chambugang (01989160845), Shoibal Rangsa (0198573765).
Zone D: Motijheel, Shahbagh, Dhaka University area, Azimpur, Purana Paltan and Lakshmibazar. Contact persons for zone D: Tony Cheran (01685706563), Sani Sebastin (01788687026).