Violence Against Women

Posted November 3, 2015 from Bangladesh

Despite massive awareness campaigns carried out across the country violence against girls and youth women has increased over the past few years in the country with dowry remaining a major concern. The leading women rights organization observed that the police are not proactive in producing witnesses and shortage of investigating officers is another factor that comes in the way of availing legal aid. As there is no guarantee of safety at home victims or witnesses often do not have the courage to testify against criminals in case of murder, rape, and trafficking, arid abduction. Such phenomenon allows the perpetrators to remain free and commit the same crimes against. Around 492 young girls and women were victims of rape and gang rapes in the last six months of 2015. About 2079 incidents of violence against women occurred in the current year during the same period of January to June 2015. Of them 99 incidents are gang rapes and 46 incidents of killings after rapes. Rape has been a major tool of violence and this incident is happening due to lack of implementation of existing law. The perpetrators would bring to justice and provide exemplary punishment so that would not dare to commit such crimes any more. The number of rapes incidents occurred in the country was 393 in 2009; 593 in 2010; 508 in 2012; 696 in 2013610 in 2014 and 492 in 2015 and their age limit 10 to 30.

The rising trend of sexual violence against women reasons a culture of impunity apathy of law enforcers and administration typically mindset and social and political unrest are the major contributors to the malaise. The Government law enforcing agencies should be active. If they do their duty properly then automatically the number of violence against women will be less. There are many treaties and acts such as: Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW), Convention Against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading treatment or Punishment (CAT) Violence Women (VAW) and so on also Penal Code (XLV of 1980) contains provisions that defined torture, causing injury, abduction, murder, defamation etc. as punishable offenses. Violence against women takes place in most societies both physically and mentally. In a patriarchal structure of society, a man treats a woman as an object of sexual pleasure. This mind set must be changed. When women will be considered as a human being then prevention of violence against women will be possible. Please see the media news

Comments 4

Log in or register to post comments
Nov 30, 2015
Nov 30, 2015

Hello BCHRD,

I have read your posting and looked at the oh-so-sad video you shared showing how people are looking on as young girls get beaten in Bangaldesh for essentially just being who they are. You are calling out the biggest challenge for change - when officials look away and do not move forward in making the world a better place, even if the laws are there to support change. You list so many laws that should make it possible to curb violence against women, and yet you show that the violence continues, and seems even to be accepted. What will it take to change these attitudes and behaviors? I am in the United States and I am seeing how much is happening here through student protest and citizen efforts to make the media pay attention to how the police and the law is getting in the way of positive change. I can imagine that advocacy and resistance, that raising awareness, takes so muh time, and patience, and persistence, and leadership. You are bringing facts and passion to the effort. This is so very important!

Dec 01, 2015
Dec 01, 2015


Your writing is very powerful. The statistics you have provided are astounding and the complacency of law enforcement is frightening. With all the acts and treaties you have mentioned, ignorance is not an excuse.  Until abusers are held accountable women and girls will continue to be vulnerable to violence.

The video you have shared was quite difficult to watch especially because of the public affirmation of the violence. Please continue to expose these acts so that awareness and justice can be obtained.

I wish you all the best,


Tamara Kubacki
Dec 01, 2015
Dec 01, 2015


Thank you for highlighting the systemic violence against women in Bangladesh. The numbers you quoted are horrifying, and the lack of enforcement against the perpetrators is really disheartening. Thank you for doing the work you are doing to bring awareness to this issue. What are some things you think can make change possible? What will it take to get law enforcement to do their jobs? How can these violent men change their attitudes and behaviors toward women? I don't think there are any easy answers out there, unfortunately. My heart goes out to all the women there and around the world who face any kind of violence. 

Thank you again for sharing with us. Your voice is heard here, and we support you.



Dec 02, 2015
Dec 02, 2015

Dear friends and colleagues

Greeting from Bangladesh centre for Human Rights and Development (BCHRD)

Thank you very much for your good comment

Yes we have decided some things that we believe our think can make change possible. Change 1; the change will be treatment and rehabilitation of 300 women victims and their families with special emphasis on girls and young women victims – at least to the point where there will be integrated in their own communities to a level of functioning before torture and violence against indigenous community. This will be done through a community based rehabilitation program. They will receive holistic treatment including physical treatment, trauma counselling, psychodrama, psychotherapy, social counselling, physiotherapy and mobile counselling services.

Change 2; there will be developed an Alliance/Network against Torture, Rape, Sexual Violence and Organized Violence against women to create a national and international network among NGOs/INGOs for early intervention. The result should be prevent torture act immediately within 24 hours of arrest/incidence and international reporting within 48 hours through local human rights body with human rights defenders leadership as local resource human rights centre, and provide legal support to victims within shortest period of arrest/incidence.

 Law enforcing agency do not make their duties and responsibilities to do their jobs. They are doing and directly involving for human rights violation. We have to do many awareness events to reduce violence with engagement of men and women. We have to conduct some gender training and advocacy events in Bangladesh to reduce gender based violence and girls power. We are going to make Girls Advocacy Alliance (GAA) to reduce violence against women. You can join with us.   

Activity 01 Home Visit and Fact Finding: The victims of torture, rape, sexual violence and organized violence among adibashi women group will be identified, based on specific criteria, through home visits, fact findings and preliminary investigations among beneficiaries. A screening process of identification of victims will be developed.

Activity 02 Mobile Treatment Clinics (MTC): Mobile Treatment Clinics will be organized for victims (1.) to provide services of doctor’s treatment, physiotherapy, social counselling and legal counselling. The clinic will start with DDCAT lessons[1]. It acts as a bonding process to unite them and empowers to denounce the abuses they have experienced. Later they will initiate to form their own association named “Victims’ Associations”. Provide multi-professional integrated treatment care (IRA[1]) to beneficiaries[1]. This would include counselling, medical care, physiotherapy, psychotherapy, legal counselling, family therapy, follow-ups including home visits and financial assistance. Emphasis will be given on inclusion of indigenous women victims and their family members. Specialists service from Tertiary hospitals will be arranged for severe torture cases that may includes stay in hospital for certain period including emergency surgical intervention or psychiatrist support

Activity 03 Advocacy, campaigns and lobbying: The project will organize advocacy, campaigns and lobbying in national and international level on specific incidences of torture, rape, sexual violence and organized against adibashi women and their family members and also demanding access to political participation of women. The project will organize more than 40 advocacy activities in Bangladesh and mass people will be aware by the project. At global level international urgent action will be pursued with a view to  pressure the government to secure their right and to take measure against perpetrator(s).

Activity 04 Human Rights Education: Organize systematic human rights education program on primary health and human rights including process of collection of information on torture, rape, sexual violence and human rights violations, fact-finding, compilation of human rights reports on adinashi people in Bangladesh for distribution among embassies, NGOs, INGOs, GOs and donor agencies. Among adibashi boys and girls a cadre of community human rights defenders as well as human rights fact-finders will be developed. At the end they will form local rehabilitation teams and accessing local government institution like hospitals run by the government. Nearest medical college of selected upozillas will act a resource centre for organizing this health part of training program and BCHRD will use their own resource person for human rights part.

Activity 05 Alliance Building with likeminded NGOs and INGOs: The project will organize alliance/network building activities within the NGOs and INGOs to promote and protect indigenous human rights in Bangladesh. There will be developed an Alliance/Network against Torture, Rape, Sexual Violence and Organized Violence against indigenous women to create a national and international network among NGOs/INGOs for early intervention. The result should be prevent torture act immediately within 24 hours of arrest/incidence and international reporting within 48 hours through local human rights body with adibashi leadership as local resource human rights centre, and provide legal support to victims within shortest period of arrest/incidence

I would like to integrate with your organization for the promotion and protection of women human rights, peace building in Bangladesh. This initiative not only our organization will be benefited but it will also help our movement to promote the human rights, peace building for the and marginalized people in Bangladesh

I look forward to hearing from you at your earliest convenient.

Yours sincerely

Mahbul Haque, Young Human Rights Defender

Executive Director, BCHRD

House: 4/A, 5th Floor,  Shekertek-10, Adabor, Dhaka, Bangladesh

Cell Phone: +8801976535340


Related Stories

Elizabeth Brewah
Jap Mouki Christelle Alexandra