Thursday, 8 March 2012

Promises to Bangladeshi domestic workers unfulfilled

Female workers left in the lurch: Ministry sits on safety issues of domestic helps abroad; abuse reported mostly from Lebanon

Monday, March 5, 2012

The government seems little bothered about protecting female Bangladeshi domestic workers from abuse abroad, particularly in Lebanon which recruits the highest number of women migrants from Bangladesh.

Two years back, the authorities concerned had pledged, first, to provide the workers with cell phones so they could seek immediate help while in trouble and, second, to open a regular embassy in Beirut, the Lebanese capital.

However, both the pledges are yet to be fulfilled.

The issue has come to the fore recently as female migrants mainly from Lebanon and some from the United Arab Emirates and Oman -- continue to fly home following physical, psychological and sexual harassment. On return, they also complain of excessive workload, confinement to work places and lack of weekly days off.

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