Tortured Sumi brought back from Saudi Arabia

Staff Correspondent | Published: 23:31, Nov 15,2019


Sumi Akter who has gone through horrible experiences of alleged torture and sexual abuse while working as a housekeeper in Saudi Arabia returned home on Friday morning.

A flight of the Air Arabia carrying Sumi landed at the Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport in Dhaka around 7:30am, said officials of Wage Earners Welfare Board.

The board director Zohirul Islam received Sumi at airport, facilitated her immigration and sent her to her family in Panchagarh.

The board’s deputy director Zahid Anwar told New Age that Sumi along with welfare board staff was sent to her village home by a car.

On November 12, a video of Sumi, 25, went viral on social media platforms including Facebook and YouTube, where she was seen begging for help for returning home after alleged torture in Saudi Arabia.

Tortured Sumi Akter got permission to fly home without paying compensation demanded by her employer in Saudi Arabia.

Sumi went Saudi Arabia on May 30 this year after getting a job as a housemaid. She has been tortured seriously by the homeowner.

Sumi uploaded a video narrating the torture on her and sought help to return home.  

The video went viral and the Saudi police rescued her from her employer’s house.

Meanwhile, Sumi’s husband also filed a general diary against Ruposhi Bangla Overseas with Paltan Police Station as the agency sent Sumi to Saudi Arabia on May 30.

BRAC migration programme head Shariful Hassan said like Sumi there might be many other women migrants in Saudi Arabia but there was no available information about them.

There is no mechanism of monitoring by Bangladesh government and its missions abroad, he said, adding that case of Sumi proved that if anyone could communicate with family to inform problems could be rescued.

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