Female Criminals of Bangladesh: Demographic and Socioeconomic Profile


  • Mst. Nurjahan Khatun Associate Professor, Department of Criminology and Police Science, Mawlana Bhashani Science and Technology University, Bangladesh.
  • M. Zulfiquar Ali Islam Professor, Department of Sociology, University of Rajshahi, Bangladesh.




Female Criminals, Nature of Crime, Demographic Characteristics, Socioeconomic Profile


Purpose: The aim of this study is to elaborate different demographic characteristics and socioeconomic status of female criminals to comprehend their association with the criminal behaviors in Bangladesh.

Design/Methodology/Approach: The data was collected by using social survey and observation methods. The total of 205 imprisoned female criminals of three central jails — Kashimpur Women's Central Jail, Rajshahi Central Jail, and Rangpur Central Jail of Bangladesh were considered as the respondent of this research. Considering the objectives of present research, the following characteristics like age structure, marital status, religion, residential pattern, household structure, educational qualification, occupation and level of income, land ownership etc. were analyzed to portray the demographic and socioeconomic profile of respondent female criminals.

Findings: The study findings reveal that the distinct demographic attributes and lower socioeconomic background characteristics have noticeable impact on the criminal behaviors of female in Bangladesh. 

Implications/Originality/Value: So it is concluded that as a new area of academic research in our country, it will contribute to the existing penal policies to bring changes in reducing female criminality in Bangladesh.


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How to Cite

Khatun, M. N. ., & Islam, M. Z. A. . (2023). Female Criminals of Bangladesh: Demographic and Socioeconomic Profile . Pakistan Journal of Social Sciences, 43(3), 413-426. https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.8424408