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Child Victims Sexual abuses almost double

The incidents of child rape in the country nearly doubled in the last year compared to those of the previous year, finds a report of Manusher Jonno Foundation  The report titled "Bangladesh Child Rights Situation-2013  "Moreover sexual harassment of children is also on the rise," said Abdullah Al Mamun, programme coordinator of MJF, while presenting the report at a press conference at the National Press Club on 3 April, 2014. "Of the 24 children, who fell victim to attempted rape, 19 received severe injuries. Another 183 children were sexually harassed and 136 of them were injured and two died while trying to save themselves from the perpetrator," he said. "The tradition of early marriage prevents us from considering a minor girl as a child," said Shahnaz Huda, governing board member of the MJF and chairperson of Dhaka University's Law Department. She held this perception of the society as a key reason behind the child rape incidents. "We need to change our social and individual perception of a girl," she observed.



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