Child rape has risen: Drugs a major factor

Udisa Islam
Published : 07:30, Jan 13, 2019 | Updated : 07:30, Jan 13, 2019

Representational imageThere have been several killings of minor girls recently after rape and within the first ten days of 2019, three girls were violated and then killed.
Psychologists say that there has been an alarming rise of child rapes in the last three years. It’s believed that reckless use of drugs, apathy of administration and absence of enough prosecution are the reasons behind this egregious trend.
According to a report, State of Child Rights in Bangladesh, 593 children were raped in 2017 which was 446 in 2016.
This means that in one year, rape of minors has risen by 33 per cent. Ain o Salish Kendra statistics say that there have been 34 killings after rape. And in the first ten days of 2019, seven children have been raped in the country.
Executive Director of Ain O Salish Kendra, humanitarian worker, Nur Khan, told Bangla Tribune, “Such crimes indicate a social period marked by political vendetta and discrepancy.”
The real number of rape is much higher, he added.
“Proper punishment and building public awareness can tackle this.”
He also blamed the uncontrollable rise of addiction.
Prosecutor of international crimes tribunal, Barrister Tuhin Afroz, told Bangla Tribune, “These events reflect unease within society.”