Put a license plate inside public transport for the safety of women: Activists

The registration number should be affixed inside all public transport to ensure women’s safe travel as sexual harassment has become a daily occurrence, human rights activists said on Monday a dialogue in Chattogram.

According to a 2018 study by the development organization Brac, 94% of women commuting on public transport in Bangladesh have experienced sexual harassment in verbal, physical and other forms.

The study also mentions that 20.5% of women avoid public transport to avoid such dismal incidents.

Thus, vehicle registration plates must also be affixed inside public transport. In case of insecurity, passengers could dial 999 and report the registration number to the police. The government should take the necessary steps in this regard, the activists said.

The media dialogue entitled “Women’s Safety in Public Places” organized by the DEC Foundation was held at the Chattogram Press Club on Monday morning.

It was organized in collaboration with the Research and Information Center (CRI), the Young Bangla Youth Platform, the Human Rights Program of the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and the National Human Rights Commission of man.

Dr. Bidduth Barua, Chief Executive and Founder of Chattogram Field Hospital, said: “Women are now working at a similar pace to men. However, they face harassment in public places. The government, as well as the general public, must come forward to provide a safe and healthy environment for women. »

At present, the empowerment of women in society has gained considerable importance thanks to the Prime Minister. Due to the government’s prioritization of women’s policy, more women are showing up in the workplace than ever before.

The meeting was attended by DEC Foundation Executive Director, Engineer Somen Kanungo, Public Relations Officer Akmal Hossain, Fellows Emran Ahmed Tamim, Kali Das, Naim Uddin, Shawkat Ali and others.

Chattogram reporters also highlighted various incidents and suggestions regarding women’s safety at the event.

Speakers expressed concern that existing laws and policies are not sufficient to prevent sexual harassment.

More concerted measures are needed to ensure a safe and comfortable environment for women in public places, including online platforms, they said.

There is no alternative to raising public awareness to prevent violence and harassment against women.

They called for a positive change in the perceptions, attitudes and behaviors of young people, seniors and actors involved in women’s safety.

Mara R. Wilmoth