public transport

The answer is a resounding no.

A glaring 94% women commuting on public transport in Bangladesh have experienced some sort of sexual harassment in either verbal, physical, or other forms.

Travelling via public transport has become a nightmare for women, especially for those who are younger.

Who have to regularly use public transport as it is the cheaper option.

Women’s rights and safety have not been ensured in public transport; because of that, women are unable to contribute in various development sectors.

Additionally, 13% women avoid using public transport due to sexual harassment. In Dhaka.

Many women may have to restrict their movements or activities because they feel unsafe travelling in public transport.

The fear or threat of violence is an effective way of controlling women’s activities.

Fear and feeling unsafe are major obstacles to the empowerment of women.

Even though the women are the victims here, they are often told by society that they themselves provoke men to harass them by wearing “indecent” clothes.

But what is the definition of decent clothes? 

The idea that clothing has anything to do with assault is global and persistent.

However, studies show that women with passive personalities, who tend to dress in layers.

Long pants and sleeves, and high necklines, are actually more likely to be raped or sexually assaulted.

Teenaged, underaged, and grown women are being sexually assaulted or verbally abused in public transports.

Mostly on buses, every day, and most of the time the public present do not come forward to help them.

Dhaka Metropolitan Police detained a bus driver and his helper on January 23 over an allegation of sexual assault attempt on a female.

Dhaka University student on a Dewan Paribahan bus on the Azimpur-Natun Bazar route in the morning, as reported by a national daily.

The victim jumped off the running bus to save herself after the transport workers made other passengers get down from the bus, keeping her inside.

According to the research paper Public services in the context of violence against women in public places.

At least 42.5% female service seekers face rude behaviour at hospitals by service providers.

While 50% women experience inappropriate touches at marketplaces, 30% women said they had experienced eve-teasing at police stations.

While 35% said they had suffered physical torture in incidents involving law enforcers. 

According to Dhaka Urban Transport Development Study, 20.7% women who used to travel.

On public transport started avoiding public transport in fear of suffering and sexual harassment.

The number of working women in Bangladesh has increased to 35.6%, and it will keep increasing.

But with the continuous harassment in the daily transport system, it is making their lives miserable every day.  

At present, Bangladesh Road Transport Corporation operates 16 single.

And double-decker buses on 13 city routes only for women that make only two trips.

One in the morning, and the other in the afternoon.

Female passengers and women’s rights activists have termed the service extremely inadequate.

And urged the authorities concerned to allocate more seats for female passengers in mainstream public buses to ease their sufferings.

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