Due to the very low conviction rate in rape cases, a large majority of rapists in Bangladesh believe they will get away with the crime, said Manusher Jonno Foundation executive director Shaheen Anam yesterday.
Delayed justice, lack of monitoring and accountability of service providers related to violence against women, and the tendency of blaming victims only fuel the rape culture, she added in her speech as chief guest at a shadow parliament debate competition in the city.
Debate for Democracy organised the competition titled "UCB Public Parliament", with the subject "Parents Are Responsible for Degradation of Dihans".
Mazid Jarina Foundation School and College of Shariatpur won the debate as the opposition party in the contest, defeating Cambrian School and College.
Condemning the words of mother of the lone accused Fardin Iftekhar Dihan in Mastermind student rape and murder case, Shaheen Anam also expressed her fear whether the family of the victim will be served justice or not.
The programme was presided over by Debate for Democracy chairman Hassan Ahmed Chowdhury Kiron.
He said juvenile delinquency is on the rise due to indifference and excessive affection of parents, lack of moral education, weak social bonds, easy availability of drugs, free use of information technology, lack of good governance etc.
He presented a 10-point demand to prevent juvenile crime, and also said guardians and teachers must be aware to build religious and moral values in children.