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From: Melanie Orhant (morhant@igc.org)
Date: Thu Apr 13 2000 - 09:18:05 EDT


          Repression of women, children on the rise, THE IND...

The Associated Press.
    Repression of women and children is on the rise in the five districts of
the south-western regio in the country. A study conducted by the human
rights organization in greater Jessore district revealed a grim picture of
repression of women and children in the region. It is gathered from the
study that a total of 143 women were killed, 261 raped, 24 received acid
burn injuries, 44 women and children were trafficked and 79 were abducted
in Jessore Jhenidah, Magura, Narail and Satkhira from February last year to
February this year. Besides, 336 committed suicide following repression and
387 others fell victim to oppressions. Human Rights, Jessore prepared the
report on the basis of published reports of killings, rapes, acid throwing,
trafficking, abductions and other repression in different newspapers.
    A total of 1,274 such reports were published in newspapers during the
last one year. According to the information cell of Rights Jessore, 11
women were killed, 18 raped, two received acid burns, three were trafficked
and six women were kidnapped in the five districts in February 1999. Eight
women were killed, 36 raped, two received acid burns, one was trafficked
and seven women were kidnapped in Mach 1999. In April 15 women were killed,
19 raped, two received acid burns, two trafficked and seven abducted.
Twelve women were killed, 23 raped, another received acid burns, one
trafficked and 11 others were kidnapped in May 1999. In June 11 women were
killed, 23 raped, two received acid burns, one was trafficked and 10 women
were kidnapped.
    In July 13 women were killed, 33 raped, two received acid burns, 19
trafficked and six women were abducted. A total of 18 women were killed, 22
raped, two received acid burns, two trafficked and three other women were
kidnapped in August 1999. In September 13 women were killed, 17 raped, one
received acid burns, another abducted and one women was trafficked.
Nineteen women were killed, 20 raped, four received acid burns, five
trafficked and eight women were kidnapped in October. In November eight
women were killed, 14 raped, three received acid burns, five trafficked and
nine women were abducted. In December nine women were killed, 15 raped,
three abducted and another was trafficked. In January 2000 five women were
killed, right raped, three received acid burns, two trafficked and six
women were abducted. In February 2000 six women of the five south-western
districts were killed, 13 raped, two abducted and one woman was trafficked.


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