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    Myanmar troops' sexual violence against Rohingyas 'genocidal intent'

    Sexual violence committed by Myanmar troops against Rohingya women and girls in 2017 was an indication of the military's genocidal intent to destroy the mainly Muslim ethnic minority, United Nations investigators concluded in a report release.

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    Ninth grader tries to take her own life after ‘rape’

    A ninth-grader attempted to die by suicide allegedly after being raped several times and publicly beaten up by the rapist in Mymensingh’s Gafargaon on Thursday.

  • Impunity, moral decline to blame

    A culture of impunity, moral degradation and culprits’ getting political backing in many cases are the major reasons why incidents of rape and sexual violence continue unabated in the country, according to experts and rights activists.

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    If I reject your proposal, will you let me live?

    Her death has sent out a clarion call. But we don't know how long it'll take for the call to make a veritable change. How long the call will keep blaring in the air. Our hearts remain suffused with questions.

  • “She asked for it”

    Sexual violence against women is often justified by putting blame on women. If a woman gets sexually assaulted, the whole of society tends to point fingers at the woman.

  • Rape Victims: Children the most VULNERABLE

    A staggering 29 of the 46 victims raped in January were below 18, showing that children remain vulnerable to sexual violence.

  • The gaps in our laws we need to address

    Sabrina Zarin, Barrister-at-Law, (Hon'ble Society or Lincoln's Inn, UK) and Advocate of the Supreme Court of Bangladesh, Partner in FM Associates, talks to The Daily Star's Moyukh Mahtab about needed reforms in sexual violence and harassment laws in Bangladesh and the importance of raising awareness, especially among children.

  • Legal loopholes favour rapists, harm victims

    The staggering statistics collected by Ain O Shalish Kendra (ASK) of the number of women and girls raped is a cruel reminder of how little has changed when it comes to the incidence of sexual violence in this country.

  • Sexual violence rampant

    Bangladesh Mahila Parishad has revealed that at least 50 women and children were raped in Thakurgaon district alone in the last ten months. They prepared the report based on the data from local hospitals where the victims were admitted or took treatment.

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    Rohingya women gang-raped by Myanmar army

    United Nations Special Representative of the Secretary General on Sexual Violence in Conflict Pramila Patten yesterday said they consistently heard about sexual violence from Rohingya survivors, including gang rape of women by multiple soldiers.

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    Dhaka 7th worst megacity for women: Poll

    Dhaka has been rated as the seventh worst megacity for women and Cairo positioned the last in the list, followed by Karachi, Kinshasa and New Delhi, according to an international poll with women's rights experts.

  • The burden of guilt

    So much has been said and written about sexual harassment of late. Much of it attributed to sexual harassment on campuses of colleges and universities, particularly in North America, and left the voice of the abused in silence. In all these writings, less has been said about the hyper-sexualised society where we often overlook the importance of consent when it comes to sexual behaviour. Thoughts get tangled in trying to analyse on whom does the blame of such abuses lie.

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    Classical Indian dance helps trafficking victims to heal: study

    Classical Indian dance could be an effective form of therapy for victims of human trafficking and sexual violence, helping them to overcome their traumatic experiences and gain confidence, a pilot study has shown.

  • 82pc rape victims are under 20

    A study by The Daily Star has discovered that 82 percent of the rape victims are under the age of 20. Fifty two percent of girls or women are raped by an individual male,37 percent are gang-raped and 11 percent faced rape attempts.

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    Violence against women treated as lesser crime: Angelina Jolie

    Actress-filmmaker Angelina Jolie, addressing the African Union summit, has called for more global support to end violence against women around the world.

  • Rape–another crime of human traffickers at sea

    An investigative report by this paper has unraveled the horrifying sexual abuse of Rohingya women while they make their perilous trips at sea.

  • Jihadists' slave markets sell girls at any price: UN envoy

    Teenage girls abducted by Islamic State fighters in Iraq and Syria are being sold in slave markets "for as little as a pack of cigarettes," the UN envoy on sexual violence said Monday.