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12:00 AM, October 02, 2020 / LAST MODIFIED: 03:09 AM, October 02, 2020

975 women raped in last nine months: ASK report

At least 975 women were raped across the country in the last nine months from January and 161 rape incidents took place last month, said rights organisation Ain o Salish Kendra (ASK) in a report yesterday.

Of them, 208 women were gang-raped, 43 murdered after rape and 12 victims of rape died by suicide afterwards, the report added. Three women and nine men were killed while protesting assault incidents.

ASK prepared the statistical report based on information from nine daily newspapers, online news portals and its own sources, said a press release.

Apart from this, 216 were killed in "crossfire" and police custody across the country in the last nine months, the report said. At least 27 people died while they were in police custody in the last nine months, it added.

Additionally, 58 people died in different jails throughout the country due to various reasons including illness.

About 209 journalists were victims of repression, 66 women were killed for dowry while BSF killed 39 persons at Indian border in the last nine months.

ASK underscored the need for ensuring rules of law and accountability to prevent rights violation.

"Otherwise, the culture of impunity gets established in the society and the number of incidents of violation of human rights rises," read the press release signed by ASK Secretary General Md Nur Khan.

The rights organisation urged the government to ensure safety of all during this crisis period. It also asked the government to take immediate steps to ensure justice to the victims of human rights violation.

In a separate press release, Bangladesh Mahila Parishad said they  recorded 129 rape incidents in September where 83 victims were minors.

Six  were victims of acid attack and five women were killed over dowry, said  Mahila Parishad, adding that their estimate is based on reports of 13  dailies.

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