DHAKA, Bangladesh 

Sexual abuses on children in Bangladesh marked an alarming rise in 2019, according to an annual report by an NGO network.

“A total of 1,383 children were sexually abused in 2019, an alarming 72.32% rise compared to the previous year,” Bangladesh Shishu Adhikar Forum [Bangladesh Child Rights Forum], a national network of 272 registered NGOs working mostly on human rights, said in its annual report published on Wednesday in Dhaka.

A total of 812 children faced sexual tortures in 2018, according to the report based on information published in leading 15 newspapers.

The report, however, said that in

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