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sabato 18 aprile 2015
Bangladesh, Child rape suicide on rise
Incidents of child rape have steadily increased and the number of suicides has alarmingly shot up in the country in the last couple of years, revealed a report of Manusher Jonno Foundation (MJF).
According to the study, there were 248 cases of child rape in 2014, 267 in 2013 and 155 in 2012.
The report titled "Children in Bangladesh-2014" also revealed that seven of the rape victims in 2014 died, while 172 were severely injured. Among the victims, two were boys and the remaining girls.
The report based on newspaper reports was unveiled at Jatiya Press Club in the capital.
On suicides, the report said 213 children killed themselves for different reasons in 2014, while the number of children who committed suicides in 2013 was 166. Among the victims last year, 144 were girls.
Shaheen Anam, executive director of MJF, said it was alarming that more girls committed suicide due to reasons like sexual harassment and being victims of pornography.
She mentioned that the most alarming news was that children are at risk due to political reasons, which will be revealed in the next MJF report.
According to the report, 51 children were victims of politics last year.
On the positive side, the report said there were 1,732 activities such as children's involvement in shows and festivals, rescues and campaigns and seminars last year, while the number was 1,286 in 2013.
However, the negative activities also increased to 3,179 last year from 2,895 in 2013.
Abdulla Al Mamun, programme coordinator, governance, MJF, presented the study, while Dr Tofail Ahmed, director-governance, MJF, and Shahana Huda, coordinator- media and communication, MJF, spoke.
The report further said 394 children were murdered last year. Among them, 25 children were killed due to family feuds, 14 for ransom, 17 by robbers, eight by friends, nine due to love-related matters, six due to family enmity, and three for land disputes.
It also said 400 children were abducted last year, but only 280 were rescued. There was no follow-up for the rest of them.
The study was based on six newspapers -- Prothom Alo, Ittefaq, Jugantor, New Age and The Daily Star.