'626 children sexually abused in Bangladesh in 2020'

News Desk
10 January 2021, Sun
Published: 03:45

'626 children sexually abused in Bangladesh in 2020'

More than 626 children were 'sexually abused' during January-December last year (2020) despite the closure of educational institutions and the absence of public gatherings amid the pandemic, according to media reports.

The number of children forced into marriage rose by 60% at that time. 

On the other hand, at least 145 children died from rape, attempted rape, murder, abduction, disappearance and torture.

Manusher Jonno Foundation (MJF) came up with the findings on Saturday at the online press conference 'Bangladesh Child Situation 2020.'

MJF reached the conclusion based on the reports of five national Bangla dailies, Prothom Alo, Jugantar, Daily Samakal, Ittefaq, Kaler Kantho. And three English dailies; The Daily Star, New Age and Dhaka Tribune.

Children in Bangladesh were not safe even at home, as most rapes were perpetrated by acquaintances within the family and neighbors, it says.