Rape of Bangladeshi women over the years have been increasing and in a number of cases it has been followed by the killing of victims. In many cases rape is used as a means of political control by the goons of the Bangladesh Awami-League (BAL), currently in power.
This is despite the fact that Bangladesh has been ruled by female prime ministers, with women being speaker of the parliament, ministers and 30 additional reserved seats in the parliament for women.
It seems that women empowerments and gender ethics have been constitutionally profiteered over the years in Bangladesh.
Factually, there is no trial seen for rapes since BAL under the leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina who seized power in 2009.
The relevant laws have remained silent, no strong voice against these crimes are heard in parliament, and the government has also been reluctant to take action in order to stop such atrocities.
Most of the crimes are being committed directly and indirectly by BAL goons and patrons.
The files of rape-cases are piled up every day, and it has increased enormously in the last ten years.
According to the human rights activist, Farzana Afroz from Dhaka, Bangladesh, rape statistics includes more than 50,000 during the last five years alone, and BAL activists committed 57 per cent of them.
The police also did not take any capital steps against these rape cases. Such atrocities did not spare even blind and disabled people, elderly widows and newborns.
A widow of 100 having vision challenges became a rape victim in one instance.
Based on the published data of only 14 Bangladeshi national dailies, the statistics of rape cases is as follows:
Year 2008: The total reported cases were of 307 and 114 victims among them were killed just after the rape.
Year 2009: 130 of 393 rape victims out were killed after the rape.
Year 2010: 66 out of 593 rape victims were killed after the rape.
Year 2011: 96 out of 635 rape victims were killed after the rape.
Year 2012: 106 out of 508 rape victims were killed after the rape.
Year 2013: 64 out of 516 rape victims were brutally killed after the rape.
Year 2014: 78 out of 544 rape victims were killed after the rape.
Year 2015: 808 out of 855 rape victims were killed after the rape.
In 2016, children and widows of 1453 were raped and approximately 300 victims among them were killed. In the first ten months of 2017, there had been 1,737 cases filed for rape. The victims were widows, older-women, disabled figures. Again around 300 victims were killed just after the rape.
In the year 2018, there were 942 victims, where 182 cases were of gang rape. Sixty-three victims were killed just after the rape. In accumulation, around 3,918 women, daughters, widows, older people, disabled figures were abused abruptly.
In 2019, the number of rapes in the country has increased threefold and the reported abuse is almost a factor of 6 times higher than in 2018. According to human rights reports, the victims’ number should have been much larger.
One report in August 2017 was also showing a bus driver raped and killed a girl on running bus. However, there were not any exemplary punishment. Another incident of the rape was of 4 children’s mother. She was gang-raped by BAL leader, and the criminal had remained sheltered by government.
The rape victim voted for the opposition rather than BAL in the last fabricated parliament election of December 2018. There had been a massive protest all over the country, and so the human activist protested also in Sydney.
Likewise, another maniac sexual attack was made on a student Nusrat by the Principal of Sonagazi Islamia Fazil Madrasa of Feni. She was raped then consequently burnt to death with the help of local BAL goons.
Another rape victim Tania, a student of Ibn Sina Medical College, was gang-raped by five men. After raping, these beasts broke her hands and legs, filled her mouth with tissue papers, then stabbed with sharp blades to ensure her death by bleeding.
Bangladesh is passing through the dark ages where rape has become a daily activity. The silence of government amounts to patronizing this crime.
Professor Mahbuba Nasrin from Dhaka University said at her recent interview that poor female children are being raped while their parents are at work. Self-employed personnel or household workers are regular victims of sexual abuse.
The more concerning fact is, residents of Bangladesh are watching the crime as its happening around them where justice remains inactive. This state practice rather encourages this crime.
Corruption, looting the bank and share market, and suppression of any voice against government autocracy, makes Bangladesh a failed state.
People of Bangladesh have become the slaves of BAL government and are possibly asking wider humanity: How long these brutal rapists will walk in the society without any punishment?
Shall a mother get the proper justice for her raped children?
Will Bangladesh ever see the light from the so-called BAL’s grip on power and getting away with murder.