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12:00 AM, October 14, 2020 / LAST MODIFIED: 03:18 AM, October 14, 2020

Sexual Violence: BLAST demands justice for its employee

Bangladesh Legal Aid and Services Trust (BLAST) has demanded justice for its female employee who became a victim of sexual violence at a checkpoint on Teknaf-Cox's Bazar road. 

It also demanded that the government ensure her safety.

In a press release yesterday, the rights body also urged journalists to maintain objectivity and ethical standard in doing reports on women repression.

It made the call after some media outlets published reports over the rape incident of the BLAST employee in Cox's Bazar on October 8.

"We are concerned seeing that some media have published the name and identity of the victim. We call upon all to remain respectful to the provision of the Women and Children Repression Prevention Act-2000 that imposes a bar on disclosing the victim's identity," said the rights body.

"We believe that it is important for all the state authorities and agencies to remain respectful to the constitutional rights of all as well as the promises and measures taken by the government for ending violence against women."

The release added, "We believe that false and fabricated news reports may hinder the process of accountability and responsibility. Presenting objective news reports is a social responsibility. We urge all to discharge this responsibility with integrity.

"We also look for cooperation of all state authorities and agencies concerned to end all sorts of violence against women."


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