Child domestic worker dies
Thirteen-year old Kajol (alias Kajli) was the domestic help at retired policeman Abdul Mannan’s residence in Baligona village under Sadar upazila of Jhalakathi for the last five months. Her father Hiron Howladar, a day labourer from Khejurbari village under Saliabakpur Union of Banaripara Upazila in Barisal, said on March 8, Abdul, his wife and another woman brought an unconscious Kajol home, claiming she was suffering from a high fever. Suspicious, Hiron approached the local chairman who advised them to seek help from the police. Police then had her admitted to the Banaripara Upazila Health Complex, from where doctors sent her to SBMCH on March 9. SBMCH Director Dr Sirajul Islam confirmed the facts and said they had informed the police that Kajol had died after allegedly being raped and tortured. Dr Tajmery Begum, registrar of labour unit-2 at SBMCH, said on March 9, the victim died early on the morning of March 11 due to excessive bleeding. Ward master Abul Kalam said the body had been sent to the morgue for an autopsy. Kajol’s brother Mehedi Hasan claimed that she had died after being raped at her workplace and said the family would lodge a rape and murder case.