Kid tortured to death at textile mill in Bangladesh

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A new sad case of child abuse in the garment industry has appeared in Bangladesh. A 9 years-old kid was killed at textile mill after being tortured with a compressor.

“Police were still searching for the mill’s owner and managers who have fled since the boy’s death and face charges of underage employment. Police inspector Jasim Uddin, who is investigating the death, said senior mill employees had been angry with the boy and his father, who also worked there, for entering a restricted area. The boy had apparently gone to clean near a compressor at the mill, which supplies yarn to textile factories making clothes for western retailers”.

Sadly, this is not an isolate case: “The incident comes after a 13-year-old boy was killed in the same way last August in the south-western city of Khulna, sparking furious protests demanding justice for the child. Two men have been sentenced to death over that case”

“Nationwide demonstrations were also held last July over the lynching of another 13-year-old boy, who was tied to a pole and beaten to death after he was accused of stealing a bicycle. Six men were sentenced to death for that killing in the city of Sylhet, which was captured on video and uploaded on to social media. The boy was heard pleading for his life”.

“Mills and other factories are barred from hiring workers under the age of 18. But Unicef estimates that 4.9 million children aged from five to 14 are working in numerous industries in Bangladesh, many in hazardous conditions and for little pay”. 

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