Be a human in lieu of being a man


Be a human in lieu of being a man
Male and female are indispensable part of society. Without one of them we can't think the existence of our society. But in our patriarchal society female are deprived and oppressed. Several violences like Eve-teasing, sexual harassment, rape, physical and mental tortures are happened against women from the very beginning of patriarchal society. It’s a great pity that we belong to twenty first century  but the violences against women still are ongoing.

Among different violences, rape has been terribly carrying out across the country. Rape is a regular occurrence in Bangladesh. Nowadays it is one of the social maladies. There is no day rape or sexual misconduct don’t  take place here. Unfortunately it is becoming a common phenomenon in our society. Due to this brutality, the normal movement or potentially of women are being hampered.Empowerment of women is also being difficult. In many cases, women are being obliged to commit suicide.

Every sphere of life; at family, educational institutions, public transport, work place nowhere they are secured. The situation is that, at any time they can be raped or abused by man. It's a great matter of sorrow that even not only out but also they are unsafe at their own family. Frankly speaking, today our society is unfortified for women. From child to older, none are safe from the covetousness of man.Though the rape is ongoing occurrence in Bangladesh, recently the number of rape case has been tremendously spread up.According to the human rights organisation Ain-o-Salish Kendra (ASK), between January and September 2020 nearly 1,000 rape cases were reported, including 208 gang rapes.

Rape is a type of sexual assault usually involving sexual intercourse or other forms of sexual penetration carried out against a person without that person's consent. In Bangladesh according to The Penal Code, 1860 (Act No. XLV of 1860), A man is said to commit "rape" who except in the case hereinafter excepted, has sexual intercourse with a woman under circumstances falling under any of the five following descriptions:
Firstl, against her will.
Secondly, without her consent.
Thirdly, with her consent, when her consent has been obtained by putting her in fear of death, or of hurt.
Fourthly, with her consent, when the man knows that he is not her husband, and that her consent is given because she believes that he is another man to whom she is or believes herself to be lawfully married.
Fifthly, with or without her consent, when she is under fourteen years of age. 

Now question is that, why is the brutality against women increasing or why doesn’t it stop? Of course the first cause is the rotten mentality of men. Another causes is the absence of rule of law. Basically our moralities, norms and social values are deteriorating from our society. Social bondings are also lessening. We are being self centred. Apart from these, huge availability of pornography, accepting foreign culture, lacking of proper sexual education are responsible for the rotten mentality of men.

On the other hand, the judicial system of Bangladesh patronise those offences because it exercises the culture of injustice and protraction of judiciary. Besides, most of the victims don’t want to file case against raper. They get scared because of our society condemns the victims rather than co-operation. At this, the offenders get inspired again and again.

According to data from the government’s One Stop Crisis Centre, between 2001 and July 2020, only 3.56 percent of cases filed under the Prevention of Oppression Against Women and Children Act 2000.Act have resulted in a court judgment and only 0.37 percent of cases have ended with convictions. Women’s rights organization Naripokkho examined the incidents of reported rape cases in six districts between 2011 and 2018 and found that out of 4,372 cases, only five people were convicted.

Finally, I would like to say, we must  cherish our social values, norms. We should cultivate morality. Firstly we should be human beings rather than man. Man needs to change the heinous mentality of patriarchal attitudes. On the other hand, the government of Bangladesh must take immediate measures to ensure rule of law. The Government of Bangladesh must eradicate the culture of injustice and hasten the judicial proceedings. Law enforcing agencies should be more co-operative and careful. Above all, making concerted efforts and a social wakefulness can only stop the violence against women.

Writer:
Md. Najrul Islam Nobu
Md. Najrul Islam Nobu
Ex-student
Jagannath University
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