Gender-Based Violence in Bangladesh
On the evening of Thursday, May 21, a tribal Christian girl was hauled by five youths into a microbus in the capital city of Dhaka. Inside the vehicle, Susmita Chambugonj (20) was raped by two of the men, who were later arrested.
Violence against women frequently takes place in Bangladesh. Studies indicate two out of every three women in Bangladesh experience gender-based violence in their lifetimes. Moreover, according to research by the UN Special Rapporteur on Violence Against Women, girls are regularly harassed and abused on their way to and from school, and sexual harassment is often seen as “part of the culture.”
Although the Bible explains how believers will face persecution, this is an injustice and displays the true outflowing of sin. We know that God is the One who will bring about true vengeance and justice against these men. May we be united in our prayer and disgust of such sinful actions.
Please join us in prayer for:
· Susmita, so that she can recover from the trauma, and that she is enveloped by peace that exceeds all understanding.
· Strength for her family as they are going through a difficult situation.
· People and other believers who are helping her in different ways. May the Lord raise more people to advocate for women’s rights and protection in Bangladesh.