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Gender Justice-a cause or concern?

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In rural Bangladesh,domestic violence has been an every day issue since time and history.News coverages are made and reports written in an earnest attempt to raise mass awareness to bring down the number of cases of domestic violence.Yes,in the years,the media has played an integral role in breaking the culture of silence and played a leading role in portraying brutal stories of domestic violence in rural as well as urban Bangladesh.In certain occasions,we have also seen active engagement from the civil society demanding justice to be provided to the victims.For a change,people have started to realize that 'silence hides violence.'However, even though there's so much we have achieved as a nation,there haven't been adequate improvements in the condition of women in our societies.Literacy rates for one thing have gone up,we have maintained a stable economic growth despite political unrest and various socio-economic problems, our garments industries have earned global recognition,the number of university graduates passing out each year and joining the workforce have increased and so have the number of doctors,lawyers,teachers,engineers in the society.On the other hand,everyday news of violence against women is primarily about domestic violence.And due to poor low enforcement services and a culture of remaining silent, thousands of cases remain unreported. Today, domestic violence has reached a state that will only worsen if we do not take immediate measures that seek a social reform at a state level.

What does 'development' in a country mean when we still can't treat our mothers,daughters,sisters and wives with respect,honor and dignity? Can development only be measured in terms of gaining global recognition or in terms of how many expensive cars are seen on the streets of a country? Before we can call ourselves truly civil and independent,shouldn't we know where the end is to the utter misuse of human lives? Shouldn't we be able to provide justice to all those victims of domestic violence,survivors of rape or acid throwing who have lost the meaning for life and are either handicapped,bedridden or victims of social stigma?

A qualitative research conducted by ICDDR,B concludes that 60% of 3,130 women of age 15-49 years in rural and urban Bangladesh have reported cases of physical or mental abuse by their husbands due to reasons such as domestic disputes,dowry,etc.So,we can only imagine how fast growing this problem is for Bangladesh at the moment.The case of Rumana Manzur,a Professor at Dhaka University,Bangladesh and a fullbright scholar studying in University of British Columbia being assaulted brutally by her husband caused as much turmoil in my mind as it did in the minds of hundreds other people and made me question the security of human lives in a society where men such as Ms Rumana's husband can only be compared to scavengers! In an attempt to punish Rumana,her husband has made her blind for life; a once bright and ambitious Rumana now only has a story of brutality and misery to share with the world that has treated her with injustice and cruelty.

Rumana's case has been highlighted by the electronic and print media.Press conferences,rallies and seminars were arranged demanding justice.But what justice can we provided to people such as Rumana who been ripped off all things sweet and meaningful in life? Yes,I hope everyone like Rumana still end up finding a reason to live,the strength to fight the world,the ability to speak out whenever their voices remain unheard.For the men-the supposedly "superior beings," I can only pity your inflated sense of superiority complex and I wish you all a quick mental recovery.

Here's a thumbs up for all the world's wonderful women-the victims of violence,advocates of peace...

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usha kc's picture

Dear Nawra, Your article

Dear Nawra, Your article represents the stroy of global women's story. We women have been facing such brutal behave since history.
I agree that silence hides the violence.
thank you so much for sharing the story of Rumana .

keep sharing more .

much love

Nawra Mehrin's picture

Dear Usha, It is generally

Dear Usha,

It is generally believed that domestic violence is most prevalent in my country among the poor.However,very recently,we got to know abt Rumana's story and when I was doing a summer internship this year with a lawyer,we cam across many educated women belonging to middle class families and also some higher class who are either physically or mentally abused by their husbands or inlaws.

It is really unfortunate that such brutality still exists in our societies but I am hopeful that all this will change for the better one day...and that day will come soon.

Nawra Mehrin

Bangladesh

irene waithaka's picture

dear Narwa Oh my God that is

dear Narwa
Oh my God that is such a painful story and it is my sincere hope that she finds the zeal to move on with her life coz honestly its too huge a scar to live on knowing that the one person you gave yourself to turned into a beast and made your life a living hell. We need to continue with this campaign and let women realise that no one is entitled to any form of violence and keeping quiet is only hurting the future of our children at large coz our daughters will also be battered and our sons will turn to such ruthless men. Hence i say we should take the initiative as women, daughters of this world and speak againist gender based violence as united our voices will make our laws very harsh to such offenders. Enway my dear be an ambassador in your country and we are with you in spirit and support. With lots of love irene.

Nawra Mehrin's picture

I totally agree with you and

I totally agree with you and hope that someday these problems will only be a myth in the patriarchal societies we were born to.

Nawra Mehrin

Bangladesh

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