Unicef concerned over violence against children in Bangladesh


Unicef Bangladesh has expressed grave concern over the recent incidents of violence against children in the country.

In a press release issued on Thursday, a Unicef representative Edouard Beigbender said: “Unicef Bangladesh observes with alarm the recent incidents of children being subjected to violence and publicly beaten to death in some places.

“This is a serious violation of child rights and Unicef expresses its grave concern over such issues which have shaken the entire country.”

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The statement came following the incidents of murder of a number of children in separate parts of the country in recent time.

Of the victims, two were beaten to death by their family members, one teenager was tortured by his ex-employees while two boys were murdered for their suspected involvement in theft.

The press note read: “Unicef strongly believes that the Government of Bangladesh will do everything within its power to bring perpetrators to justice and help to end such violence against children.”

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Lauding the role of media in covering such incidents, Beigbender further said: “It is important to note that due to the pervasive and proactive media coverage on child rights issues, incidences of child abuse, beating and even killing are now coming under sharp focus.”

The statement also highlighted the “responsible role of country’s media in reporting such crimes against children.”

It added: “Unicef feels that the rights of all children, especially those from marginalised groups, will be better protected through the collective effort of all concerned.”

Source: Dhaka Tribune