Retrograde societal views towards abuse, which time and again sweep the truth under the rug, protect the abuser
As a society, we have a solemn obligation to protect the most vulnerable group among us: Children. In Bangladesh, we have been failing badly at that task. Children here routinely become victims of sexual abuse, often at the hands of those entrusted to protect them, and all too often, nothing is done to address the crime that has taken place.
According to Manusher Jonno Foundation, from January to March this year, at least 20 students were raped or sexually violated in some form at madrasas, colleges, and technical institutions. It goes without saying that this number is a tiny fraction of the overall number of children that were raped or sexually abused in the country.