He fell off the building while trying to escape through the bathroom window
An 11-year-old domestic help has sustained serious injuries after falling from the 6th floor of a multi-storied building while trying to escape torture, reportedly by his employers.
The incident occurred in Dhanmondi area of Dhaka, on Saturday morning.
The victim is identified as, Sharif, son of Rafiq Mia from Senbag upazila of Noakhali.
Moreover, another domestic help named Shopon, 12, was rescued by members of Fire Service and Civil Defence. He was also trying to escape with Sharif at the same time.
Dhanmondi police have detained four people including the house owner over the incident.
Fire Service’s Mohammadpur Zone Senior Station Officer Kajol Miah said: “The two domestic helps tried to escape through the sixth-floor bathroom window of a 13-storey building in Dhanmondi.
“First, they broke the window glass, and came out of the bathroom to stand on the small window-shed before climbing down the building using a rope tied to the window grill. However, Sharif fell down while attempting to climb down, which then restrained Shopon to do so.”
After Sharif fell to the ground, locals rescued him, and took him to Dhaka Medical College and Hospital (DMCH), Kajol said.
On information, Fire Service members went to the house around 10am, and rescued Shopon from the sixth-floor window-shed. Later he was handed over to the police, the Fire Service official added.
Meanwhile, Kayrul Miah, driver of the house owner, said:“The duo work in Golam Kibria’s house. Sharif came here eight to 10 days ago, while Shopon has been working for one and a half years.
Police said the owner, Golam Kibria, hailing from Noakhali’s Senbag upazila, is a former Customs official. He lives in the apartment with his wife, and two children. The victim also hails from Kibria’s village area.
The domestic helps alleged that the owner, and his family members confined them in the house, and often beat them up. A few days ago, they tried to escape the house using the stairs, but got caught, and were beaten badly by the owners. That is why they chose to flee the house by such a desperate means.
According to DMCH sources, Sharif sustained injuries in his head, and his left leg was broken from the fall. Doctors said he is currently undergoing treatment, and his condition is not out of danger.
Abdullahil Kafi, additional deputy commissioner (ADC) of Ramna division of Dhaka Metropolitan Police, said: “Four members of the family, including house owner Golam Kibria, have been detained. We are still investigating the matter.”