Civil Society members called for creating a women and children friendly atmosphere in courts across the country for ensuring their (women and children) rights. Women and children, who are accused in cases, are kept at court hajats along with other criminals before producing them at the courts. It may hurt their mentality and also increase their criminal tendency in later life, they said.
Other necessary facilities for the accused women and children are not available at court hajats, which is violation of their rights, they added, calling for ensuring the facilities and keeping them at separate rooms before producing them at the courts as per Children Act and Human Trafficking Prevention and Suppression Act 2012.
They made the remarks while addressing a press conference, organized by INCIDIN Bangladesh, a lead agency in anti-trafficking programme, at Dhaka Reporters’ Unity (DRU) today (Saturday).The press conference was held to place the demand for the formation of special tribunal for quick disposal of women and child trafficking cases and creating women and children’s friendly atmosphere at courts.
They also placed other demands, which include conducting the activities of present tribunals by attaching priority to issues of women and children. Advocate Rafiqual Islam Khan, manager, policy and legal support of INCIDIN Bangladesh, read out a written statement at the press conference.
Sharifullah Riaz, Project coordinator, PCTSCN Project of Community Participation and Development (CPD), Zahid Hossain, coordinator of Social and Economic Enhancement Programme (SEEP), Monte Dewan and Chisol Luis, Program Officers of INCIDIN Bangladesh, were present.