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How many workers abused abroad, HC asks

  • Published at 02:27 am August 1st, 2018
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The bench of Justice Syed Refaat Ahmed and Justice Farid Ahmed issued the order on Tuesday

The High Court has asked the government to submit a report with information about the number of Bangladeshi workers in other countries, including Saudi Arabia, who are physically, mentally, and sexually harassed.

The bench of Justice Syed Refaat Ahmed and Justice Farid Ahmed issued the order on Tuesday along with a rule following primary hearing in a writ petition filed by Executive Director of Justice Watch Foundation, Barrister Mahfuzur Rahman Milon.  

It also asked for information about how many people have been sent abroad, and of them, how many have returned so far with the help of the government, NGOs, or on their own.

It gave the secretaries of the expatriates welfare and foreign ministries, director general of the Bureau of Manpower Employment and Training (BMET), and chairman of the Wage Earner Welfare Board among others, a month to submit the report to the High Court.

In the rule, the court asked for an explanation in two weeks for the government’s inaction in providing expatriate workers with security, compensation, and rehabilitation should not be declared illegal.

The rule also asked why legal actions will not be taken against recruiting agencies.