Dhaka – Prime Sheikh Hasina called upon all concerned to raise awareness against violence on women and children to a level that none of them becomes victim of torture.
She made the call on Monday while distributing medals among activists who made significant contribution to women development on the occasion of Begum Rokeya Day – marking the 139th birth and 87th death anniversaries of the pioneer of Bangladesh’s women renaissance Begum Rokeya Shakhawat Hossain.
“Special attention should be given so that the children and women remain protected,” Hasina said terming violence on women and children as a mental disease. Bangladesh witnessed a surge in violence on women and children in the past years.
She said males inflict the repression on the women.
“They should think that they’ve also girl child and what will they do if their child is tortured,” she told the function organized at the Osmani Memorial Hall in Dhaka by Women and Children Affairs Ministry.
State Minister for Women and Children Affairs Begum Fazilatun Nesa Indira presided over the session where ministry secretary Qamrun Nahar also spoke.
The Prime Minister handed awards to five women – Begum Selina Khalek, Principal Shamsun Nahar, Dr Nurunnahar Faizunnessa (posthumous), Miss Papri Basu and Begum Akhtar Jahan – for their contribution to the nation.
Only enacting laws is not enough to contain violence on women, she said adding awareness is also a must to prevent the vice.
The government is doing everything necessary to materialise Rokeya’s dream of establishing women rights, she said adding that Rokeya wanted a woman to steer nation keeping pace with males in the family and society and enjoy equal rights.
“We’ve at least ensured it and our womenfolk have started their journey towards the path of light overcoming the darkness,” she said.