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Gender violence and victim-blaming culture in Bangladesh

Prominent Bangladeshi film actress Shamsunnahar Smrity known as Pori Moni was ridiculed a few days ago when she brought an allegation of sexual harassment by a businessman. Pori Moni complained that a businessman tried to rape and kill her.

According to Pori Moni, when she went to the police station, the duty officer refused to register the complaint. Later she posted a video on Facebook and appealed for intervention from the prime minister. Only then police registered the complaint and arrested the alleged businessman. Currently, the detective branch of police is investigating the case.

Human rights activists are questioning why police didn’t take action at first, why actress Posi Moni had to appeal to Prime Minister on social media?

Not only that, when Pori Moni posted her video, thousands of Facebook users put ‘Ha Ha’ emoji which means either they didn’t believe it or they thought it’s ok to rape a film actress.
When a popular English daily posted the matter on their Facebook page, 80% of users reacted against Pori Moni.

Social scientists are seeing this as an indication that Bangladeshi society continues to blame female victims which must be addressed. Boys need to be taught from an early age so that they learn to respect their female counterparts.

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About Shihab Uddin Ahmed

Shihab Uddin Ahmed is with Dhaka News since 2011. He has long experience of writing on various issues for web medium. He has a master’s degree from Jagannath University. You can read his science articles in English and Bengali on https://fromreadingtable.com
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