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General people of the Kotchandpur had no idea about the activities of the Upazila Violence Against Women Prevention Cell. Few people knew about it. As a result…
Increasing the Activity of Women Prevention Cell
General people of the Kotchandpur had no idea about the activities of the Upazila Violence Against Women Prevention Cell. Few people knew about it. As a result, few complains came at the cell. Moreover, to resolve those few complains reached at the cell, numerous bureaucratic complexities arose such as for sending notice to the convict by mail, many times it did not reach at the proper time. Consequently, convict remained absent at hearing time of the case and sometimes took the advantage of this manual process by remaining intentionally absent.
To reduce the violence against women a strategy has been taken by the Upazila Violence Against Women Prevention Cell that, instead of waiting for any complain to reach at the cell the officers of the cell go to the victims instantly after hearing any event of violence against women to provide necessary support. With a purpose of preventing the occurrence of violence, area based committee has been formed by the cell for collecting information about the violence with the assistance of these committee to take necessary action.
Also for ensuring the presence of complaints and accused on hearing, both of them are informed about hearing location, time and date through their cell phones. In cases police help have been taken where accused were refused to come.
In addition, to eradicate violence against women from the root of the society and to motivate people to play a preventive role against it, numerous awareness rising programs such as campaigns, workshops and meetings have been arranged with school teachers, local representatives, imam, NGO workers and mass people.
This pilot project is able to raise public awareness for changing the negative attitudes, beliefs and values toward women and children. Thus a positive attitude towards the women in the society has been built. Moreover, it helps women to feel secure and builds a belief among the mass people that women are not vulnerable and perpetrator can’t escape from the eyes of law. As a result, the rate of violence against women has reduced by 46% on that locality.