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Sujan Sylhet’s human chain in protest of rape-violence against women across the country

Sylhet Bureau  : A human chain program was held at 11 am on Saturday (October 10) at the central Shaheed Minar in Sylhet at the initiative of Citizen (Sujan) Sylhet for good governance in protest of rape, abuse of women and demand for punishment of rapists across the country.

Advocate Shah Shaheda, the editor of Sujan, gave a welcome speech at the human chain under the chairmanship of Faruk Mahmud Chowdhury, President of Citizen for Good Governance (Sujan) Sylhet and Mizanur Rahman, Assistant Secretary. Tahmina Islam, Professor of Social Work, Shabiprabir, presented the written demands on behalf of the organization.

Also speaking were former President of Sylhet District Bar Advocate Emad Ullah Shahidul Islam, President of Bangladesh Human Rights Foundation Syed Saidul Islam Dulal, Member Secretary of Human Rights Defender Lakshi Kant Singh, President of Bangladesh Human Rights Journalist Commission Faisal Ahmed Bablik, Andolan Karim Kim, Sujan member Yusuf Ali, Advocate Nusrat Hasina Sampa, Advocate Zakia Jalal, Sylhet District Bar Association Joint Secretary Advocate Humayun Rashid Sohaib, Sujan member Gazi Kamal, General Secretary of Environment and Haor Development Organization Piyush Ranjan Purkayastam, , Rotarian Iqbal Hossain, convener of Green Village Clean Village.

Also present were Advocate Syed Kawsar Ahmed, Engineer Setu Kumar Barua, Islam Uddin, Sujan’s Treasurer A. Muhid Chowdhury, Mozahid Ahmed, Headmaster Bilal Ahmed, Mufti Sadiqur Rahman Yamani, Bhumi Sontan Ashraful Kabir, Journalist Kamkamur Razzak Runu, Tree Shade Shahid Ahmed Khan, Human Rights Activist Delwar Ahmed, Fazlur Rahman Shipu, Imam Uddin Kamal, Rajib Chakma, Bushra Poppy Begum, Durjoy Roy, Mujahidul Islam, Badruddoza Badr, Ali Mahmud, Tasim Chowdhury and others.

Sujan raises various demands in the human chain to prevent sexual violence. Their demands are good family education, breaking out of the culture of blaming victims, a woman-friendly judicial process, reforming and amending the rape law to ensure the death penalty, ensuring speedy tribunals to avoid procrastination, and equal opportunities for children and women in family and society. To reduce discrimination against women, to ensure the rule of law and to adopt a zero tolerance policy for such offenders, to complete trials in a short time, to ensure a women-friendly police station and justice system for victims. Launch the Emergency Hotline. In particular, the information of 999 (National Emergency Service) and 109 (Prevention of Violence against Women and Children) cell of our government should be displayed on all schools and colleges. If necessary, a special team of women police can work in schools, colleges and remote areas to promote these hotlines. Arranging special gender training for law enforcement personnel, human rights activists, journalists. To take initiative to implement such women’s policy 2011 and Sido Charter.

Introducing sex education in schools and colleges according to our social system. Provide special allowances for abused women (such as rape survivors and acid survivors) at government initiatives. If necessary, provide shelter home for the victims from where they will be provided with a comprehensive service, such as medical treatment, psychosocial counseling and other legal benefits. To provide special psychosocial counseling and legal services for all types of victims in every district town through public and private initiatives. Appoint counselors in each school or provide counseling training to teachers to promote student friendly educational institutions. Protecting our society from the aggression of Akash culture and internet. Provide state compensation for women victims of rape.

Identify the rapists who made the video of the harassment viral and hand it over to the nearest police station. All the accused of violence against women including rape and acid case should be considered as non-bailable offenders. The concerned sponsors have to take the responsibility of the sex terrorists who have grown up under the umbrella of the influential people, they cannot be above justice in any way. The ruling political party must take steps to suppress these monsters. It is the rapist, not the victim, who has to prove that he is innocent and not in favor of the accused in the heinous crime of torturing women, including gang rape. If conscientious lawyers do not stand, we can get out of the culture of impunity. Exemplary punishment should not only be meted out to the oppressors of women, but also to their dressers and patrons. If necessary, to set up a men’s correctional center to change the behavior of men who abuse women like in the West.

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