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Stalking goes on unabated
Mahabub Alam
Published : Wednesday, 20 May, 2015,  Time : 12:00 AM,  View Count : 17
Eve-teasing goes on unabated across the country despite government pledge to eliminate it.
Many victims do not lodge complaints with the police for fear of losing social dignity or reprisal of the stalkers, according to statements of some victim's family members. Many victims are forced to discontinue their studies midway.
Those, who lodge complaints, have been denied assistance in many cases. Sometimes, police look down upon the complainants, labelling them as 'lovers.'
A third-year LLB honours female student of the Millennium University, is being teased by a youth, Nasir Sardar, for the last few months.
Nasir, son of Abu Taher Sardar of Cherek Ali Sardar's Kandi at Baro Kandi under Jajira in Shariatpur, recently proposed to her.
Being spurned, the alleged stalker used to disturb her over phone and on her way to the university.
On May 16, Nasir along with his cohorts tried to storm into the flat where the victim lives with some other female students of various universities at Shantibagh in the capital, the victim said.
Having barred from entering the flat by a neighbour, who is a police personnel, Nasir threatened the girl with death.
Later, the girl lodged a General Diary (GD) with Shajahanpur Police Station. Sub-Inspector Dipak has been assigned to look into the matter.
The youth also threatened the victim's elder brother with death over phone.  Afterwards, her brother also lodged a GD with Kamrangirchar Police Station on May 18. Alamgir Hossain, Sub-Inspector of the PS, has been authorised to investigate.  
Nasir, who is an influential young man of the locality, went to the native village of the victim on Monday and tried to torch the house of the victim, but failed as the locals prevented him from doing so, said the victim's family and neighbours.
"Now, I am confined to my house and do not go to the university any more for fear of the death threat," she told this correspondent and added that her mid-term examination was about to begin.
The accused could not be arrested by police of the either police stations.
  Another girl, who appeared at her SSC examination from Nur Jahan Begum High School in the city, was hiding at her brother-in-law and grandfather's residences for the last three months being threatened by one Sawpan, an eve-teaser.
Sawpan, is a resident of Munshurbagh under Kamrangirchar Thana area.    
"One day, when I was returning from school, Sawpan caught my hand, but as I shouted, he let me go," she said.
Her mother said that they did not lodge any complaint with the police thinking of the consequences.   
The girl along with her family is still living in fear. Such incidents are innumerable throughout the country.
 According to statistics, 32 per cent of the eve-teasers are students, 35 per cent, anti-socials and 33 per cent, middle-aged men.
The number of victims of eve-teasing was 11,426 in 2005, 11,068 in 2006, 14,250 in 2007, 14,284 in 2008 and 12,908 in 2009. The numbers from 2010 till now could not be ascertained.   
As per reports of anti-harassment groups, about 70 young girls were forced to kill themselves due to eve-teasing between 2010 and 2012.
Sultana Kamal, former adviser to a caretaker government, told a news agency that some victims found suicide to be the only option left to them to escape from the social stigma.

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