‘Special area’ being set up for women tourists in Cox’s Bazar
Published: 09:30 PM, 25 December 2021
Cox’s Bazar sea beach; File Photo
The district administration has taken an initiative to designate a reserved area for women after allegations of rape of a female tourist in Cox’s Bazar surfaced. It is learned that there will be a separate dressing room and locker room for women on the beach.
Confirming the matter, Cox’s Bazar Additional District Magistrate Md. Abu Sufiyan said there would be a “reserved area of 100 or 150 feet” for women tourists or veiled women who would come to Cox’s Bazar. Those who are willing or willing to go, can go there and dive into the water. It will be launched very soon. There will be a separate dressing room and locker room for women on the beach.
He added that women have been recruited in those sectors who work on the beach to make the tourist area women-friendly. There are also women police among the tourist police. They are also taking measures to ensure that tourists can stay safely in hotels or guest houses. They have held meetings with owners and directors. Hotel staff have been instructed to be trained and aware of these issues.
According to district administration sources, the district administration held a meeting with hotel owners and law enforcement officials in Cox’s Bazar on Friday afternoon. These decisions have been taken based on the discussions there.
District Magistrate Md. Abu Sufiyan said even if it takes a month or two to implement these decisions and if the district administration can implement them, it will have a positive impact on tourism.
However, the law and order situation in Cox’s Bazar is not “so bad” like presented, Md. Abu Sufiyan also said, adding that everyone including district administration, police, tourist police is trying their best.
Earlier, RAB rescued a woman from a guest house at around 2 am on December 22 after she was abducted and raped while staying at a hotel in Cox’s Bazar. Concerns have been raised about the safety of women tourists in Cox’s Bazar after the incident. Earlier in 2019, an Australian girl was allegedly raped.