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Sexual crime: Stop the culture of victim blaming

More often the male-dominated society condemns women for having provoked men to sexually harass them through the dresses they wear.
Alaul Alam
Sexual crime: Stop the culture of victim blaming

Victim blaming is a social malady that holds the victim accountable for a crime. It seems surprising when we go through the paradigm of most societies.

They teach the girls and women how to avoid rape and physical assault but they hardly give efforts to teach a boy the necessary values.

The culture of blaming girls and women is so acute in the patriarchal society. They are being victimized every day and hardly have any scopes to talk against the perpetrators as in many cases societies teach them that they should not raise their voice and they are born to endure sufferings.

Societies allow boys to do anything what they want that is detrimental to increasing inequalities among boys and girls and female children start enduring unequal treatment as soon as they are born to an welcome society.

It is true that rape culture has taken an epidemic form in the country. Everyday dailies and electronic media expose many incidents of rape across the country. This is not the real situation of women oppression. Most of the incidents of cruelties against women and girls go unreported as not only girls but also their guardians fear to speak these in public.

Social stigma along with social insecurity for their daughters mostly restrains them to move. On top of that, usually the victims do not get justice that decreases the tendency of telling against the perpetrators.

You may be surprised to notice the negotiation of a rape case by a village leader (Matbor). Most often dailies expose the horrific incidents that rape cases are settled by offering the victim a scanty monetary help.

Moreover, the miscreants force the victim not to disclose the matter to the police and, in many cases they try to manage the police in this regard. Most often, the victim is humiliated in the Gram Salish and the perpetrator is discharged from the guilt.

More often the male-dominated society condemns women for having provoked men to sexually harass them through the dresses they wear. Does it really make sense that women clothing is responsible for making them sexual victim?

The answer is quite negative as we are witnessing the cases of infants or old women being brutally raped. Can you tell how their cloths entice men to abuse them? Actually it is a mental disease of the patriarchal society that works behind rape issue.

You may be aback to notice that when the news of the rape and subsequent death of a 17-year-old O-level student came across the social media, many took to social media to blame the girl. They question why this girl has needed to go to the house of the perpetrator?

It is surprisingly observed that many posts are flooded on the social media exposing that Dihan, the brutal murderer, was compelled to have sex with Anushka and tried to make public support in this regard. These types of norms are leaving the society from revealing the truth.

On top of that, there are many incidents when a man establishes extra marital affairs with a woman giving a fake promise to marry her. Finally, he betrays her after having sex. When the illegal matter spreads in society, it takes the girl and her family into task.

So, in most cases the parents do not want to disclose the fact due to the fear of humiliation from society. However, the experts are worried to the culture of victim blaming. They opine that this blaming is always devastating for a girl and the perpetrator has scopes to make more sexual crimes that can also encourage others to do so.

According to a report of the Ain O Salish Kendra (ASK), at least 975 women were raped across the country in the last nine months, 208 gang-raped, 43 killed after being raped and 12 victims committed suicide while at least 161 were the victims of sexual assault.

To this end, it is a must to stop all sorts of discrimination along with social prejudices against girls and women. They should not be treated as the subject of all wrong-doing in society. The conventional approach of the society towards women should be changed. More importantly, there is no alternative to changing the mentality of blaming the victim.

The writer teaches at Prime University. Email: [email protected]

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Published by the Editor on behalf of Independent Publications Limited at Media Printers, 446/H, Tejgaon I/A, Dhaka-1215.
Editorial, News & Commercial Offices : Beximco Media Complex, 149-150 Tejgaon I/A, Dhaka-1208, Bangladesh. GPO Box No. 934, Dhaka-1000.

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