Brutally tortured minor housemaid hospitalised

12 March, 2021 12:00 AM printer

KUSHTIA: A minor domestic help has been hospitalised in Kushtia after allegedly being tortured by her employers.

The teenager, currently undergoing treatment at Khoksha Upazila Health Complex, has claimed that she was beaten and starved for days by her employer’s wife, reports UNB.

“The torture began the day I started working for the family. My employer’s wife used to heat iron sticks and place the same on my hands. She would often tie me up with a rope after torture,” the girl told cops.

Shamim Mahmud, a doctor at the health complex, said that several burnt marks and bruises were visible on the girl’s body. “These prove that the minor was subjected to torture.”

Quamruzzaman Talukdar, officer-in-charge (OC) of Khoksha Police Station, said, “The alleged crime happened in Dhaka. Necessary action will be taken after we get a written complaint.”

When contacted, Masuduzzaman Rantu, the father of the accused woman, denied all the allegations against her daughter.

About 44 domestic helps in Bangladesh faced workplace torture in 2020, according to a report of Bangladesh Institute of Labour Studies (BILS).

Of them, 16 were killed, 12 were raped, and 12 more suffered serious physical torture and abuse. And four domestic helps allegedly committed suicide.

The findings emerged from a virtual discussion on “Domestic workers’ workplace conditions and legal protections in 2020”, organised by Bangladesh Institute of Labour Studies (BILS), Mass Literacy Campaign, Halotask, Nari Maitree, Red Orange and UCEP Bangladesh on January 31, 2021. BILS made the conclusion based on media reports.