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59 women raped, sexually harassed on public transports in 2019

  • Published at 09:21 am February 24th, 2020
du rape protest 9/1/2020
Mehedi Hasan/Dhaka Tribune

The report shows a figurative measure of the real numbers of incidents

A report by Bangladesh Jatri Kalyan Samity has said 59 women were raped and sexually harassed on public transports in 52 incidents in 2019.

The report was made by analyzing news published by different media houses.

Among the 52 cases, 44 of the incidents took place on roads, four in railways and four others on waterways. 

According to news reports, 44 of these cases were reported and 93 accused were arrested till date

Out of the 44 cases filed, 16 were rape cases, 12 were of gang rape, 9 attempts of rape and 15 others of sexual harassment, said the report.

Women were not only raped and harassed by drivers and helpers, but by male passengers too.

Bangladesh Jatri Kalyan Samity Secretary General Mojammel Haque Chowdhury said: "The number of news published is just a figurative measure of the real numbers of incidents. The actual scenario is far worse." 

"Many incidents do not get reported due to our conservative society, social status, lack of justice and harassment during filing a case," he added.

Recommendations to stop violence against women on public transports:

•    Public transports should have CCTV cameras

•    Drivers, helpers and supervisors of the transports must wear uniforms with separate name plates

•    To create a database with appointment letter, national ID and photographs of drivers, helpers and supervisors

•    A signboard with the governing body's hotline number, phone number, vehicle's number should be kept inside the transport

•    Number of vehicles should be increased

•    Reserved sits for women in buses and minibuses should be surrounding the gate

•    Public transports should not have opaque or covered windows

•    For such incidents, legal action should be taken and justice should be served as soon as possible

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