Health Desk-- March 15, 2017- About 1.7 percent of girls under 18 were found to be raped every day in 2016, a study conducted by BRAC said.
The study was disclosed at a roundtable titled "Our role in preventing violence against women" organised by Community Empowerment Programme (CEP) of Brac at Brac Centre in the capital on Tuesday.
A total of 7,489 women and girls became the victims of violence last year, indicating around 20 women and girls got victimised every day.
In 2014, however, the total number was 2,873.
But the incidents of unreported violence were even higher, said Farhana Hafiz, head of programme of CEP.
The CEP is primarily providing behaviour change communication, to improve the situation of women in the rural space. It also focuses on empowering the rural poor, especially women, to build, secure and use their human, social and political capital.
The last year's data were collected from 376 upazilas of 55 districts; the highest number of incidents recorded in Jessore, which are 351.
A network of 12,350 ward-level and women-led institutions of Brac called “Polli Shomaj” and other representatives of different programmes of Brac collected the data.
According to the study, the highest number of incidents of violence was reported in June-August.
Of the total violence, 67 percent was physical, 14 percent mental, and 19 percent sexual. Apart from that, a total of 52 incidents of gang rape were also recorded last year.
Ayesha Khanam, president of Bangladesh Mahila Parishad, said different government and non-government organisations are taking preventive measures to put to an end to the violence, but those are not sufficient given the present scenario of violence.
She emphasised the proper implementation of law.
Anna Minj, director of CEP; Dr Ruchira Tabassum Naved of International Centre for Diarrhoeal Disease Research; Farida Yasmin, deputy commissioner of Dhaka Metropolitan Police; Mahmuda Sharmeen Benu, additional secretary of the Ministry of Women and Children Affairs; and Mozammel Babu, chief editor of Ekattor Television, among others, were present on the occasion.