Fatefully enough, torture and violence of both mental and physical forms against children in Bangladesh has increased in recent years. In the last five years, more than a thousand children were murdered after torture in the country. There also occurred over four thousand unusual deaths to children from 2015 till date. The police website also shows that crimes against children and women have recently reached an alarming stage following drug-related offences. The propensity of making children subject to inhuman torture and death thereby conveys an ominous message that children are being made vulnerable to predatory instincts of adult members of society.
And that is due mainly to the societal failure with regard to safeguarding them. Feuds in the family, frays among neighbourhoods, antagonism among family members over property and other issues, and individual avarice make children the sufferers. As children are by nature weak and susceptible, they can easily be made the prey. It is all but a sign of sharp decline in social values in Bangladesh. Increased brutalities against the future generation depict the fact that criminals are not duly punished for their offences and also that children are absolutely helpless in this regard. Children are born to be only adored and cared for. They are the most precious objects to their parents, in fact to all. But their falling prey to cold-blooded torture and death at the hands of devils show how far we have slipped in holding on to our feelings of love, care, unity, brotherhood and tolerance.
It is recommended that all concerned work in unison so that the Child Rights Act 2013 comes into fruition through its appropriate implementation. We should perform our social responsibilities to the fullest sense towards children in order for safeguarding their rights, letting them breathe in easily, allowing them to enjoy our love and affection, not our hatred and venom. We also feel the urge of concentrated political synchronisation among the parties in Bangladesh in dealing with this issue of national concern. After all, social values should be taught from our homes. Children should be let a free environment for their sound growth both mentally and physically.