Violence against indigenous women is increasing due to a culture of impunity in the country, speakers said at a human chain yesterday.
They demanded immediate arrest and capital punishment of perpetrators involved in repeated incidents of violence against indigenous women.
Bangladeshi Adibasi Jubo Forum, Bangladesh Nari Pragati Sangha, Bangladesh Adibasi Nari Network, Adibasi Chhatra Sangram Parishad and Parbotto Chattagram Pahari Chhatra Parishad jointly organised the programme in front of the National Museum in the capital.
At the event, organisers also placed five demands, which include ensuring capital punishment to perpetrators, giving adequate compensation and security to family of the victims, making sure that the local administration play an effective role in this regard and forming a special cell under the CHT affairs ministry to take actions against all kinds of repression against women.
They also demanded complete implementation of CHT peace treaty, withdrawal of temporary army camps in line with the treaty and respectful repatriation of settlers.
At the beginning of the programme, Shahanaz Sumi, deputy director, Bangladesh Nari Pragati Sangha, presented the keynote paper.
She said three indigenous women became victims of rape and harassment between September 14 and 24 in Khagrachhari and Moulvibazar.
Violence and harassment against indigenous women increased during the pandemic, she added.
Dhaka University Professor Robaet Ferdous alleged that violence against indigenous women is part of a process to eliminate indigenous people. Such incidents continue to increase due to a culture of impunity.
DU professor Khairul Chowdhury; Jakir Hossain, executive director, Nagorik Uddyog; Tarik Hossain, representative of Jonouddyog; Ujjal Azim, representative of Kapaeeng Foundation; Saleh Ahmed, general secretary, Sammilito Samajik Andolon, and representatives of various rights and indigenous-based organisations expressed solidarity at the programme.