Stalking victims to get legal aid
With the stalking menace rising, a call centre operator and a local NGO have come forward to provide the victims with legal assistance and counselling over the telephone for free.
The victims of stalking will get this assistance by calling at a hot line number where they can submit their complaints.
The service will be available from next month.
The initiative comes to assist those victims who do not share their problems for social or security reasons.
Windmill InfoTech Limited, a call centre operator and The Hunger Project, a local NGO have signed a deal on Thursday in this regard, says a press release of Windmill InfoTech Limited.
While Windmill will compile the complaints of the victims, The Hunger Project will come up with legal support such as taking steps against the accused, said Windmill's Public Relations and Communication Manager Bushra Rahman.
Stalking has become a social pandemic in recent years leading to even suicides by the victims, mostly teenage girls.
Electronic stalking namely, stalking via email and mobile messages, has also grown alarmingly in last few years that mostly goes unreported.
The Daily Star has recently interviewed 30 women at random about the issue, and found every one of them has been harassed electronically by ex-boyfriends or strangers.
While no statistics are available to confirm the number of stalking victims, social experts point out that almost every woman going outside of their home suffers abuse at one time or another.
Md Tanjirul Basher, CEO, and Sabbir Rahman Tanim, director of Windmill Info Tech Limited, Prof Badiul Alam Majumder, director of The Hunger Project were, present at the signing ceremony.