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Working to death

  • Published at 05:48 pm October 28th, 2018

The government has a responsibility to ensure that the continuous mistreatment of our citizens on foreign shores is stopped

So many of our migrant workers suffer at the hands of their employers that we cannot help but ask: When will this stop? 

The plight of these workers is not one for the faint-hearted. Each day reveals new stories of violence and sexual abuse, with each incident more disheartening than the next. 

Recently, the Dhaka Tribune reported on the story of an orphaned teenager, who had been gang-raped at the hands of her employers. When she was eventually able to come back, she had nowhere to go except for a mental hospital.

This is unbecoming of a nation on the path to progress. 

It is a matter of the utmost tragedy that incidents such as these have become all too common, with this the latest among a long line of incidents which attest to the inhumane conditions our citizens are forced to work under. 

As such, the government has a responsibility to ensure that the continuous mistreatment of our citizens on foreign shores is stopped, and that their rights are protected. 

While Bangladesh itself has no jurisdiction outside of our borders to enforce rules and laws, it can still enforce policies which promote safer working conditions for Bangladeshis abroad. 

For one, any employer accused of carrying out such cruelties should be blacklisted by the government, so that, in future, no more of our citizens find themselves trapped in similarly dangerous scenarios.

In addition, when incidents such as these do occur, our governmental agencies must do everything in their power to protect these workers, and ensure that they receive the rehabilitation required to recover. 

Our workers risk everything when they go abroad, so that they might provide for their families and contribute to the economy of our nation. It is about time we paid them back for the sacrifices they have made, and ensure that their sufferings come to an end. 

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