VICTIMS OF VIOLENCE

1,431 B’deshi housemaids return from Riyadh since January

Md Owasim Uddin Bhuyan | Published: 00:20, Dec 25,2017

 
 

At least 1, 431 Bangladeshi female workers returned home from Riyadh since January as victims of violence.
Bangladesh embassy in Riyadh arranged their repatriation, said officials.
Complaints of abuse, torture, non-payment of wages and over work caused their repatriation.
Migrant rights campaigners feel that the number of the victims who came back home would be much higher.
Bangladesh labour counselor in Riyadh Md Sarwar Alam informed the Wage Earners Welfare Board that out of 1,681 female workers of the country who had taken shelter at the embassy’s safe home between January and October, 1,431 were repatriated.
He also informed the WEWB that 250 more victims were still at the embassy’s safe home awaiting repatriation.
He requested the WEWB to send funds for the entire repatriation process.
From Jeddah also many victims came back home though the Bangladesh Consulate General in Jeddah did not provide their number.
The Consulate General also opened a safe home for the victims in Jeddah.
Bangladeshi Ovhibashi Mohila Sramik Association general secretary Sheikh Rumana told New Age that they received complaints from at least 30 housemaids of Bangladesh in Saudi Arabia every month.
She said that many female workers returned as mental patients.
Often the victims’ bodies are flown home following deaths due to torture, she said.
Kulsum of Narayanganj who returned from Saudi Arabia in March, told New Age that she worked as a domestic help for seven months and came back due to torture, sexual abuse and over work.
Wage Earners Welfare Board officials said that they received over 100 applications from relatives every month seeking repatriation of victims of torture, sexual abuse and over work.
Insufficient food and rest were also cited as the grounds for seeking repatriation of relatives.

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