Update November 2, 2015

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Bangladeshi girl tortured in Malaysia

Sumel Sarker


Bangladeshi girl tortured in Malaysia

02 November 2015, Nirapad News: The gruesome torture of a Bangladeshi girl pseudo-named ‘Rina’ has created widespread criticism both at home and abroad. Local and international rights organizations have expressed their deep condemnation and protested the incident as well.

People concerned about rights indicated that the torture of Rina, who went to Malaysia for work at the age of 14 years, reflects the failure of the governments of both Bangladesh and Malaysia.

Bangladesh Mohila Ainjibi Samity has expressed their eagerness regarding the rehabilitation of Rina after going through the news published.

Samity executive director Advocate Salma Ali on Sunday afternoon told that it is very sad seeing a worker being tortured abroad.

‘We should be vocal against the torture of a minor girl abroad and we also should investigate how a minor girl went there for work,’ she said.

According to the lawyer, responsibility of these sorts of incidents also goes to the state.

She assured that her organization will assist the victim to come back at home and also talk to the organization’s associates in Malaysia regarding the justice of the girl there.

‘This is really very much sensitive issue as a minor girl was tortured abroad and did not get any justice.’

Moreover, ‘Ain O Salish Kendra’ acting executive director Nur Khan Liton termed the incident as a ‘nation’s lack of self-respect’.

He told Sunday afternoon that it is totally unacceptable to accept that a girl is being victim of torture.

‘It discloses failure of the people, who are representing Bangladesh government in Malaysia.’

According to him, Bangladesh envoys abroad should not only put importance on sending manpower abroad but also monitor the incidents of torture to them.

It is also responsibilities of Bangladesh diplomats to look after women who are sent abroad, he added.

According to reports, the girl had been admitted to a hospital for a long as she was brutally tortured. The Bangladesh officials stationed in Malaysia did not take care of the girl. Their negligence shows that the Bangladesh government employees are not implementing the government rules bestowed on them. They are seemed callous, Liton expressed his anguish.

He further said that the officials in Bangladesh missions should take responsibilities of the people, who are working abroad and sending remittance to the country.

Liton opined that the Rina incident has unmasked Bangladesh’s lack of self-respect. ‘People even do not behave in this way to animals but the girl had faced it.’

He also opined that the incident should be placed among the higher authorities of both Bangladesh and Malaysia.

There should be accountability among the officials as the girl has mercilessly been tortured, the activist added.

It is Bangladesh government’s responsibility to protest the torture of the migrant workers and seek justice for the victims, he remarked.

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