Health Desk--6 Sep’18: A new study finds that excessive pressure of studies, lack of playgrounds and a perceived insecurity of the outdoors deny children the opportunity to play in the capital.
The findings were presented at a discussion tiled “Children's right to play in Dhaka city” organised jointly by The Daily Star and Save the Children at The Daily Star Centre.
Led by Salma Akhter, a sociology professor of Dhaka University, the study was conducted with 300 children and as many parents of 600 households from Kalyanpur slum, Dhanmondi, Dhaka University residential area and Mirpur.
According to the findings, girls play less outdoors than boys in fear of insecurity, and parents worry about the possibility of their girls being sexually harassed.
Laila Khondkar, director of Save the Children, said, “Denying children the opportunity to play causes irreparable physical and mental damage”.
A total of 80 percent children considered that they could play outside, had open space been available in their neighborhood, the study has found.