Human rights activists demand the removal of military camps to ensure the human rights of women in the mountains.

Publish: 5:40 PM, March 18, 2023 | Update: 5:40 PM, March 18, 2023

Pinky Akter : Violence against women has never abated in the Bandarban hill district. Women in hills are being oppressed in various ways.
This information has been highlighted in a report published by a private organization.
According to the sources published in this report, the most cases of violence against women in Bandarban are domestic violence. It is said that the number of women and children victims of rape, criminal crimes, family violence has increased compared to last year in the data of various public and private institutions and human rights organizations.
Among the seven upazilas of the district, the highest number of rape cases occurred in Rowangchari upazila. Six rape incidents took place in Rowanchari during this period. Then there were four rape incidents in Lama, two in Sadar, one in Ruma, two in Thanchi.
According to reports, most of these cases can be resolved locally, but seven cases have been sent to court.
However, these women’s violence in the mountains remains largely silent. Human rights activists consider the military power and the weakness of the traditional law to be the main cause of this.
A study by the Foundation for Humanity revealed that more than 45 percent of women in the Chittagong Hill Tracts have been victims of multiple forms of violence at the workplace or at the institutional level. 61 percent of them reported that they faced violence in the market area, 45 percent in the field, 6 percent in educational institutions, 3 percent in the workplace. Again, 33 percent of women were victims of physical abuse, 38 percent of emotional abuse, 19 percent of economic abuse and 5 percent of sexual abuse.

Dr.Robayet Ferdous, a teacher of Dhaka University who works on human rights, said that some perpetrators were arrested in the case of women torture in the face of tribal and civil movements. But due to various loopholes and complexities in the law, due to the lengthy process of the trial, the real criminals get bail and often get released. In 2015, the incident of rape of tribal women in a moving microbus in Dhaka city created a huge uproar across the country. Even after more than five years, there is still no progress in this rape case. And in this case he spoke about the strictness of the law. Rangamati Sadar Upazila Parishad feels that the victimized women are not getting justice due to some weaknesses in the law.
The indigenous people of Bangladesh are constantly going through torture and oppression. Tribals are insecure especially in Chittagong Hill Tracts due to sectarian behavior. Dr. Rubayet said.
Professor Mejbah Kamal, a teacher at Dhaka University, said, ‘These are not isolated incidents. These are being done with the aim of achieving a specific political authoritarian objective. And the target of these are women.
Advocate Rana Dasgupta, general secretary of Bangladesh Hindu Buddhist Christian Oikya Parishad, demanded the withdrawal of more than 500 temporary army camps from the hills soon. He commented that it is possible to bring peace to the mountains through this.

Pallab Chakma, executive director of Kapeng Foundation, said the Awami League government signed the mountain agreement in 1997. Despite being in power for 14 years since 2009, due to the government’s indifference in implementing the agreement, the expected peace has not yet returned to Chittagong Hill Tracts.

She added, according to the government, out of the 72 articles of the agreement, 48 articles have been fully implemented and 15 articles have been partially implemented. According to Chittagong Hill Tracts People’s Association, another signatory to the agreement, only 25 of the 72 clauses have been implemented, with 18 partially implemented. The remaining 29 sections are not fully implemented. As a result, along with various repressions in the Chittagong Hill Tracts, women’s torture is increasing alarmingly. Human rights have not yet been guaranteed there.
Shaheen Anam, executive director of the Foundation for Humanity, said, “Women from ethnic minorities are more victims of violence. Basically the legal process of getting justice is not women friendly. As a result, minorities or marginalized women suffer more discrimination.
Professor of Social Science Department of Dhaka University. Sadeka Halim said, ‘Mentally victim blaming or blaming women is very natural in us. We have to get out of this. Minority women are discriminated against because of being women and marginalization.’