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Saturday, June 12, 2010

girls and women in bangladesh

are committing suicide because of sexual harassment. it appears not too many people are doing anything about it, even when they are actually WITNESSING it happening

Bangladesh 'Eve teasing' craze takes a terrible toll

This Sunday (13 June) has been designated "Eve Teasing Protection Day" by the education ministry in Bangladesh.

The announcement reflects increasing concern over the worrying number of girls and women who have recently committed suicide in the country to escape "Eve teasing", a euphemism for sexual harassment.

Figures released by the Ain-O-Shalish Kendra (ASK) human rights organisation reveal that 14 girls and women have taken their own lives over the past four months across the country as a direct result of the insults.

In addition, a father and a daughter also committed suicide together - in an incident blamed by the authorities on "Eve teasing". Police say three men who publicly protested against the harassment have been killed over the past 12 weeks...................

pic from the bbc article linked above

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