We, a group of current and ex-students of our alma mater Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology, conducted a survey among our female engineers and engineering students of our alma-mater university in Bangladesh to collect statistics on gender-based misconducts and harassments by batches and departments over many years to help us present a clear picture. Here we considered gender based misconduct/harassment by a member of our campus-community towards another member, verbal or physical in nature, on or off campus, that has the intent or effect of unreasonably interfering with victim’s personal life, and education or work performance at campus. Also one that creates an intimidating, hostile, or offensive educational, work, or living environment. Since campus is one of the safer institutes, starting with campus will create a precise benchmark for the country.
For a full report, please see visit this link: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfHQglaJ7o5DTtZNEgMQfPW6HnUxG88P3PTeL_FOCTx8V89_g/viewanalytics
The data collected via the survey are confidential, and the results of any research or analysis using the data will be presented in a way that individual respondents cannot be identified. For the purposes of analysis, we asked for some demographic data, such as batch and department affiliation to better evaluate at an aggregated level how disturbing behavior persisted or varied across departments over time. We did not use any location data, such as residence hall or home address, in our analysis. Only aggregated statistics (e.g. In year X, Y% of students of Dept. Z faced some form of harassment) from the survey is reported.
Anecdotes from victims who took the survey
Many of the victims anonymously shared their experiences, and while I want to commend their strength, I will only share some stories that I got permission to mention here.
"From the beginning I was stalked by a group of my classmates. Their plan was to ‘target’ one girl per term to make fun with and they chose me first and unluckily, for the next couple of years as well. They would stalk me, tease me directly or indirectly. Since campus was a new place for me, I felt uncomfortable to make new friends. But finally when I started mixing with others, they started making fun of my male friends. They teased my male friends about me which was also embarrassing. I couldn’t do a lot of things that I wanted to do for the rest of my undergrad life. Wherever I went, this group was there. This was a mental torture. I knew this happened to a lot of us when I saw the post. I don’t know if I am asking for too much but would it take a lot to expose all of their names who have been mentally harassing us?"
"I was in 2–2 at that time. During the class hours at campus, I started getting SMSes that’d comment on exactly what I was doing at time from an unknown number (“I love your smile” right when I was smiling; “I love your new haircut” after I got a haircut.). At the same time, at night I used to get phone calls describing what I was wearing in class that day and how the caller wanted to have sex with me. I used to feel terrified going to classes because someone is always watching me and he might cause me harm if he finds me alone. These incidents restricted my social activities at campus."
The purpose of this survey was to provide us with statistics on gender-based misconducts and harassments by batches and departments over the years and will help us present a clear picture of the situation in front of BUET authority. Several of our fellow BUETians helped to create and improve the survey and we are utterly grateful to them and their forever inspiring spirit.