Health Desk- Jan 08, 2020: Murder, rape, and other forms of violence against children increased significantly last year from the previous one, says a report by Manusher Jonno Foundation (MJF).
At last 342 children were killed in violent incidents involving torture, abduction, and rape last year, according to the report.
Besides, some 902 children aged up to 18 fell victim to rape across the country.
In 2018, at least 272 children were killed in such incidents, and some 356 were raped, says the report.
The findings were unveiled at a press conference at the Jatiya Press Club in the capital on Tuesday.
According to the report, some 433 children were killed in road crashes and 252 drowned last year. In 2018, road accidents killed at least 412 children.
Speaking at the event, MJF Executive Director Shaheen Anam said the number of incidents of violence against children was rising because of delay in delivery of justice, which is alarming.
The noted rights activist demanded quick delivery of justice and exemplary punishment to the culprits to stop violence against children.
Speaking as the chief guest, lawmaker and rights activist Aroma Dutta said strict implementation of law and change in people’s mindset were necessary to prevent child rights violations.
Labour ministry Deputy Secretary Ruhul Amin and MJF Child Protection Unit Coordinator Rafeza Shaheen also spoke at the press conference.