Proceedings of The World Conference on Gender Equality
Impacts of ‘Mobile Court’ in Promoting Gender Justice for the Female Students Living in the Remote Communities of the Sundarbans of Bangladesh
Md Mostafizur Rahman, Mahmud Uz Zaman, Md. Azmul Haque, Md. Khashrul Alam
Inflicting harm on another person, especially in the form of violence or harassment, is a violation of human rights. The purpose of this paper is to find out if mobile court is an efficient approach to protect violence against female students in remote regions like the adjacent communities located near to the Sundarbans areas. More specifically, this study uses case studies from the Sundarbans region to inquire into the connection between the effectiveness of mobile courts and the well-being of female students through promoting gender justice. With regard to the three study sites, we have been able to investigate how girls, adolescents, parents, communities, and local administration view the impact of the mobile court in different geographical settings, as well as how these stakeholders hold a unique understanding of the social, economic, cultural, and institutional factors that can help mitigate the situation of gender-based violence of female students. The empirical evidence suggests that girl’s education is still not a priority for many families living adjacent areas of the Sundarbans. This is a pressing need to change people’s mindsets in the three study sites. It is without doubt that the implementation of mobile courts, in cooperation with conscious citizens and community activities, holds the potentials to put an end to the problems of gender-based violence that have been affecting female students. Impact of mobile court at the individual level is anticipated to raise consciousness about the prevention of sexual harassment and violence. The impact is then felt at the institutional level, when further work needs to be done to alter the cultural attitudes and legal frameworks that sustain violence against school going girls and students.
keywords: Case study, cluster analysis, community-based citizenship, gender-based violence, relative deprivation