Bangladesh students protest against rampant ‘eve teasing, sexual harassment of women ‘

November 4th, 2010 - 5:43 pm ICT by ANI  

Dhaka, Nov 3 (ANI): A large number of school and college students held a rally in Dhaka to protest against ‘eve teasing’ and the sexual harassment of women.

According to the BBC, the rally was the latest in a series of protests following a number of suicides and killings involving women subjected to bullying and harassment.

The protestors have urged the Bangladesh government to take proper steps to curb sexual harassment and provide better protection for women.

“Some right-wing parties say that if the girls wear a veil, then they can escape Eve teasing, but we don’t think so. We need tougher legislation and it should be properly implemented to stop this menace,” one of the protestors said.

Young girls often face verbal abuse, taunts and stalkers, and critics are forcibly silenced. Those harassing them are often their school colleagues or men in the street, the report said.

According to activists, eve teasing and sexual harassment has led to the deaths of more than 24 people, most of them women, since the beginning of this year in the country. In recent days, some who have spoken out against sexual harassment have been murdered, it added. (ANI)

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