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.
The non-governmental organisation also found that children in Bangladesh were not safe even at home, as most rapes were perpetrated by acquaintances within the family and neighbours.
Also, at least 145 children faced murder attempts in 2020 because of family disputes, wrangles over properties, rejection of romantic proposals, protesting injustice, rape and much more.
And 34 children killed themselves because of failing in exams, anger, problems in a relationship, harassment, rape or attempted rape, and cybercrimes or blackmailing.
MJF Executive Director Shaheen Anam said, “According to our analysis, children are not safe in their homes. I would request all the government agencies engaged in child protection to be more responsible and work together for the protection of children’s rights.”
Lawmaker Aroma Dutta highlighted the need for setting up a separate ministry or department on child affairs to work closely for the protection of children’s rights and called on everyone to work together for policy formulation, performance and intensive supervision of work.