At least 294 female migrant workers of Bangladesh died abroad for various reasons in last three years, according to the BRAC migration programme.
Wage Earners’ Welfare Board of Expatriates’ Welfare and Overseas Employment Ministry officials confirmed the information as they repatriated the bodies.
At least 44 of the female workers committed suicide and the data show that an increasing number of the country’s female workers committed suicide abroad.
And at least 110 female workers died of stroke, 50 in accidents, 59 had normal deaths while the cause of deaths of 31 others due to unknown reasons.
When asked, WEWB director Zahirul Islam told New Age Monday that the BRAC data helped the government in taking the necessary steps.
He said that the Welfare Desk of the WEWB began collecting the data of deceased female migrants at the country’s international airports for taking the needed steps.
And at least 112 female workers died in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the largest in any destination country, 62 in Jordan, 42 in Lebanon, 34 in Oman and 26 in the United Arab Emirates.
Hostile working conditions was found to the cause for the female workers to commit suicide.
At least one woman workers committed suicide abroad in 2016, 12 in 2017, 23 in 2018 and eight since February 2019.
The victims’ families believe that the employers or miscreants might have killed their near and dear ones and dismissed the information about suicide as baseless.
BRAC Migration head Shariful Hasan described the issue of suicide as alarming and asked the government to hold proper investigations into the matter to ascertain the actual cause of the deaths.
He said that these women had migrated to work abroad and of course not to embrace death.
Over eight lakh Bangladeshi women migrated to work abroad between 1991 and April 2019, according to the Bureau of Manpower Employment and Training.
Rights campaigners said that it should be remembered that hundreds of the female workers came back from the KSA as victims of sexual abuse and non-payment of wages.
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