Bangladesh: Sexual Harassment Can Lead to Suicide

Publication Date: 
December 13, 2010
The streets have turned more dangerous for girls; sexual harassment has driven them to drop out of school -- even to suicide

DHAKA, 13 December 2010 (IRIN) - Sexual harassment against girls and women in Bangladesh is turning deadly: 28 women have committed suicide this year and another seven attempted it to escape frequent sexual harassment, says a Dhaka-based human rights organization, Ain O Salish Kendra ().

A father also committed suicide fearing social insult after his daughter was harassed and in other cases, stalkers killed three women, reported the NGO.

One Day One Struggle: International Campaign to Promote Sexual and Bodily Rights across Muslim Societies

Publication Date: 
November 9, 2010
Coalition for Sexual and Bodily Rights in Muslim Societies (CSBR) / Women for Women's Human Rights (WWHR)
One Day One Struggle Campaign

On November 9, 2010, the 2nd international “One Day One Struggle” Campaign to promote sexual and bodily rights in Muslim societies will take place in 12 countries across Middle East, North Africa, South and Southeast Asia. With diverse, groundbreaking actions and events, almost 50 participating Human Rights organizations, Universities and Municipalities will simultaneously call for public attention to issues like Right to Information, Sexuality Education, Sexual Health, Bodily Autonomy and Sexual Rights of Individuals, LGBTTQ Rights, Sexual Diversity and Islam, Sexuality and Shari’a as well as the struggle to stop sexual rights violations ranging from Polygamy to killings of women, gay people and transsexuals.

Negotiating Gender Justice, Contesting Discrimination: Mapping Strategies that Intersect Culture, Women and Human Rights

Publication Date: 
September, 2010
Mapping Strategies that Intersect Culture, Women and Human Rights


This report documents diverse strategies adopted by community groups in Bangladesh, India, Indonesia and Nepal to negotiate women’s rights in the context of culture, while grounding the strategies in the specific political - historic local and national contexts. It looks at secular strategies along with the more recent responses to fundamentalism, that use cultural identity and religious/ cultural resources. The report provides a rich account initiatives that promote culture as relational, transforming, plural and accommodating of women’s rights, and in doing so, challenges dominant static and fundamentalist assertions of culture. This documentation assumes significance in relation to human rights with the creation of the new mandate of the Independent Expert in the field of Cultural Rights in 2009, in that it gives content to the term cultural diversity and participation and contribution to cultural life, both integral part of Cultural Rights.  

Bangladesh - High Court Rules that Burqa Cannot Be Forced

Publication Date: 
August 22, 2010
Daily News


Dhaka, Aug 22 (—The High Court has ruled that no women can be forced to wear burqa at work and educational institutions. 

In it's ruling The High Court on Sunday in a suo moto order directed the government to ensure that no women were forced to wear veil or religious dress in the educational institutions and offices.

The court also ordered the government to ensure that the cultural activities and sports in the educational institutions are not restricted.

Bangladesh: High Court Directs Government to Immediately Implement Sexual Harassment Guidelines in All Educational Institutions, and Ensure that Women Are Not Forced to Veil or Cover Their Heads

Publication Date: 
May 2, 2010

Advocate Salahuddin Dolon v Bangladesh, Writ Petition No. 4495 of 2009


Summary: The High Court today directed the Ministry of Education to take immediate steps to implement the Guidelines on Sexual Harassment declared earlier in BNWLA v Bangladesh, and to ensure that no woman working in any educational institution, public or private is forced to wear a veil or cover her head, and may exercise her personal choice whether or not to do so. [1]The Court also observed that Section 27A of the Government Servants Discipline and Conduct Rules 1979, must be read alongside these Guidelines, to ensure that public officials are held to account for any acts of sexual harassment.


The Court observed “It is the personal choice of a woman to wear a veil. If any person tries to compel a woman to wear a veil against her consent or will that amounts to a violation of her fundamental rights as enshrined in the Constitution”.


Bangladesh: 'Eve teasing' craze takes a terrible toll

Publication Date: 
June 11, 2010
Photo Credit: BBC

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.

Bangladesh: 16 year old girl raped, pregnant, flogged 101 times. High Court now orders protection

( – Bangladesh’s High Court has ordered authorities in an eastern district to protect and produce in court a 16-year-old girl who was lashed 101 times earlier this month after becoming pregnant as the result of a rape.

Bangladesh: Media Martketing of Beauty & Female Stereotypes

Bangladesh - Media Marketing of Beauty & Female Stereotypes

By Hana Shams Ahmed

Bangladesh - Deceived Hindu Girl of Fradulent Muslim Conversion & Marriage - Abandoned by All

Deceived Hindu Girl moving on the street for justice because Muslim boy married her with fraudulent means and also on false personification in Khulna-Bangladesh

BANGLADESH: Dowry violence continues unabated

DHAKA, 11 September 2009 (IRIN) - When parents in Bangladesh fail to come up with a promised dowry for their newly married daughters things can get nasty.