04 January, 2013
The Hunger Project Bangladesh and National Girl Child Advocacy Forum (NGCAF) organised a Human Chain on 3 January, 2013 in front of the National Press Club raising voices to bring the rapists of a young girl child to justice.
On 6 December, 2012, a 15 year old school girl, Sathi Akter Moyna, of Madhupur, Tangail, was handed over by another woman to a band of rapists, the girl was held for 4 consecutive days. The incident was recorded on by the perpetrators on video.
The girl was then left unconscious on a rail track, from where she had been rescued by the local community. The traumatised girl has been admitted to the One Stop Crisis Centre at Dhaka Medical College Hospital. Her condition is deteriorating day by day. She is now under intensive treatment with sedatives and psychiatric counselling.
More than 400 representatives of 37 organisations, institutions and the civil society participated in the assembly and expressed their revulsion by forming a Human Chain of protest outside the National Press Club in Dhaka as the incident has only just come to light.
Nasima Akhter Joly, Secretary, NGCAF and Country Director of The Hunger Project, Dr. Badiul Alam Majumdar urged to the government to ensure exemplary penalty for the perpetrators who alarmingly have been given bail by the authorities.
The Hunger Project has been active in Bangladesh since 1990 and is currently the country’s largest volunteer-based organisation covering all 64 districts.
The centerpiece of The Hunger Project’s strategy to eliminate hunger and poverty across Bangladesh is the training and ongoing support of more than 114,000 volunteer animators, 40 percent of whom are women.
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