Bangladesh embassy in Riyadh in its ‘no objection certificate, allegedly distorted the cause of death of 26-year old migrant workers Jesmin Akter of Habiganj Sadar as a case of suicide though the death certificate issued by the Saudi Health Ministry calls it ‘unknown and secret that can’t be ascertained without postmortem.’
The embassy’s no objection certificate is needed to repatriate bodies.
According to the embassy’s documents, Jesmin died at the residence of her Saudi employer Naif Abdullah Owais Al Mutairy at Hafr Al-Batin on September 29, 2018.
But Jesmin’s family was informed about her death on March 3, 2019, five months after she had died.
Bangladesh embassy’s first secretary (labour) Mohammad Ashaduz-Zaman who issued the no objection certificate told New Age that he had mentioned ‘suicide’ as her cause of death just as the death certificate issued by the Saudi health ministry says.
Bangladesh Manabadhikar Bastabayan Sangstha Program Office and Supreme Court lawyer Salma Sultana who extended legal support to Jesmin’s sister Josna Akter told New Age that she found Jesmin death to be mysterious due to discrepancies between the embassy’s ‘no objection certificate’ and ‘ the death certificate’.
Jesmin had spoken to her family over phone just one day before her death when she made no complaints about her health, said Salma Sultana.
On October 5, 2017, Jesmin Akter, daughter of the late Arju Miah, was sent to Saudi Arabia by licenced recruiting agency M/S Hemel Air Service (RL-674) as a housemaid.
Josna Akter has appealed to the Bureau of Manpower, Employment and Training to provide compensation and justice to the family and demanded action against the recruiting agency.
She said that the recruiting agency misbehaved with her several times whenever she visited its office to know why her sister had been silent for the last five months.
She said that the recruiting agency also intimidated her for trying to know
what had happened to her sister.
‘On October 5, 2017, my sister migrated to Saudi Arabia and since her arrival there she used to speak to me on phone and remit money in my bank account. But October 2018 onwards she did speak to me on phone,’ Josna told BMET’s public hearing chaired by director general Salim Reza at BMET’s conference room on February 18.
Josna in a letter informed the BMET that the recruiting agency threatened her whenever she inquired about her sister.
‘Though my sister Jasmine had died October 28, 2018, the family received the information of her death on March 3, 2019,’ she said, adding that officials at the Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport requested us to receive Jesmin’s body on March 3.
When New Age contacted Hemel Air Service proprietor Abul Kashem he dismissed the allegation of intimidating Josna.
He said that he informed the family Jesmin’s
death in November or December.
Asked about how Jesmin died, Kashem said that he has requested Bangladesh embassy to send the
documents relating to her death.
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