TIB emphasizes need for coordinated initiative to change social mind-set towards women
Transparency International Bangladesh (TIB) on Wednesday demanded effective enforcement of laws to stop violence against women and girls in the society as crimes like rape cannot be prevented due to the lack of exemplary punishment in time in most of the cases.
The organization also stressed the need for coordinated initiative to change the social mind-set towards women, said a press release sent to the media on the eve of the 16-day activism against gender-based violence launched globally on Wednesday.
The TIB strongly demanded ensuring tough and exemplary punishment through fair judicial process for those who are directly or indirectly involved in every incident of violence against women and girls.
It said the repression of women and girls has risen alarmingly amid the ongoing coronavirus crisis due to many reasons including social mind-set, financial insolvency, visible incompetence, neglect and partiality of a section of the law enforcers, lengthy judicial process, insecurity and greed for power and assets.
“The coronavirus pandemic has multiplied the violence against women alongside the health crisis,” said TIB Executive Director Dr Iftekharuzzaman.
According to the counts of non-governmental organizations providing legal assistance to repressed women, the incidents of violence against women have increased by 70% till March-April last compared to its trend in the previous year.
“A brutal crime like rape is spreading like an epidemic due to lack of justice,” he said.
Dr Iftekharuzzaman said though the Women and Children Repression Prevention Act, 2000, and the Domestic Violence (Prevention and Protection) Act, 2010, remain effective, very few perpetrators got sentences in the cases filed under the laws.