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Nari Samhati: Form sexual harassment prevention committee in every neighbourhood

  • Published at 11:12 pm August 23rd, 2019
Members of women’s rights organization Nari Samhati-Mahmud Hossain Opu
Members of women’s rights organization Nari Samhati demonstrating in front of the National Museum at Shahbagh in Dhaka on Friday, August 23, 2019 Mahmud Hossain Opu/Dhaka Tribune

Such committee will also work as a pressure group to prevent violence on women  

Women rights activists have called for forming a committee in every neighbourhood comprising of representatives of the locality to curb incidents of sexual harassment and rape. 

They made the demand at a rally organized by women's rights organization Nari Samhati in front of the National Museum at Shahbagh in Dhaka on Friday, ahead of the 24th death anniversary of Yasmin Akhter. 

Yasmin, 14, was gang-raped and murdered by some police personnel in Dinajpur on August 24 in 1995. 

"We observe the day to protest any form of sexual violence and harassment women face in our country," said Taslima Akter, the acting president of Nari Samhati.

"Women are more visible in public than before. They are working in garments sector, going to school. I do believe, they are speaking up about the violence they face more than before," she said. 

Taslima said: "Sexual offenders will feel isolated and probably will not dare to harass women or children in their neighbourhoods if there is a sexual harassment prevention committee." 

She added such a committee would also work as a pressure group to prevent violence on women.  

Aparajita Chanda, general secretary of Nari Samhati, said: "This is outrageous that even a father is turning to be the rapist of his own daughter in the society."  

At the rally, Golam Mostafa, president of Bangladesh Chhatra Federation, said: "Textbooks in our school curriculum teach children stereotypical ideas about the role of men and women in this society." 

Zonayed Saki, chief coordinator of Ganosamhati Andolon, was also present at the program.