Health Desk-30 May, 2019: Manusher Jonno Foundation (MJF) and its 120 partner organisations are planning to form “child protection committees” to raise awareness about sexual harassment of children, and extend legal support to victims and their families.
The committees will be at numerous levels -- village, ward, union, upazila and district --and those will work in areas covered by the non-government organisations.
The organisations also want to engage the government in it to turn homes, schools, neighbourhoods and public places safer for children.
The decision was made against the backdrop of an increasing number of children reportedly falling victim to rape and sexual harassment, the MJF said at a press conference at the Jatiya Press Club Wednesday.
About 233 children, including six boys, have been raped in the last five months. Of them, 12 girls have died after rape. There have been rape attempts on 32 children, including a boy. Another 35 have fallen victim to sexual harassment, according to data gathered by the MJF from six national newspapers.
Last year, 356 children were raped and 22 of them died.
According to the organisation, such crimes reflect a gradual degradation of the social fabric and are linked to drug abuse, access to technology like smartphones and internet at an early age, pornography etc.