Save the Children is shocked and deeply saddened, along with the rest of the people of Bangladesh, by the recent brutal killing of child Samiul Alam Rajon. To express concern over current child rights situation in the country and to discuss a lasting solution, Michael McGrath, Country Director of Save the Children, met the Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan in the latter’s office today (Sunday).
McGrath thanked the Minister for visiting Rajon’s parents last week. He also thanked the government and the Home Ministry for taking steps to probe Rajon’s death and the alleged reluctance of local police authorities to promptly and efficiently bring the perpetrators of this vile crime to justice.
McGrath said the extreme violence that Rajon experienced was the result of the failure of the community, local authorities and police to react strongly to the everyday incidents of violence experienced by children throughout Bangladesh.
He proposed that the government clearly indicate that there is zero tolerance for any violence against children. He recommended that a specialised women and children police officer be stationed in every police station, as is done in countries such as Indonesia.
McGrath offered technical assistance to law enforcement agencies of Bangladesh to sensitise law enforcers in child protection issues. Save the Children has extensive experience in training law enforcers on child rights in many countries of the world, including extensive work with the Shanghai police force in China.
The minister acknowledged that such training is indeed required and assured that he would consider Save the Children’s proposal of technical assistance.
The country director handed over a memorandum to the minister proposing some specific actions which government could take to prevent violence against children.
Country Director of Save the Children Michael McGrath handing over a memorandum to Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan in the latter’s office today (Sunday).