BCSM demands postmortem after exhuming body of Kulsum

Bangladesh Civil Society for Migrants (BCSM), a platform of 19 organisations, on Tuesday placed a demand to carry out post mortem after exhuming the dead body of 14-year-old Kulsum, says a press release.

Kulsum, a young girl from Brahmanbaria, died in King Foysal Hospital of Saudi Arabia on 9 August after she had been tortured by her employer.

The platform also demanded the government to take steps against the guilty person in accordance with the Saudi law.

BCSM urged the government to take exemplary action against the recruiters and government officials who unlawfully sent a 14-year-old girl to the Middle East country.

The body of Kulsum arrived at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport at 1:30am on 11 September. She was buried at Nurpur village of Gokorna union of Nasirnagar upazila in Bhramanbaria on the following day.

Kulsum had gone to Saudi Arabia through a local middleman Razzak Mia after spending Tk 30,000. MH Trade International (RL No. 1166) sent Kulsum for domestic work in Saudi Arabia 17 months ago.

Family members said the employer started torturing physically and sexually since joining work. Under the circumstances, they contacted the recruiting agency, but the agency did not take any step to bring Kulsum back.

The family also alleged the employer and his son broke the knee, waist and leg of Kulsum four month ago, and after a few days they left Kulsum on a street damaging one of her eyes. Later, Saudi police rescued her and admitted her to King Foysal Hospital.

On 17 August, Kulsum’s father Shahidul Islam applied to Bureau of Manpower, Employment and Training (BMET) for dead body and eight months dues.

He also sought justice for the government. Her family wants to know why 14-year-old Kulsum had to die in a foreign land after being tortured.

How did 14-year-old Kulsum get a clearance certificate to go to Saudi Arabia after completing all government procedures? BCSM asked, adding why did Kulsum have to pay Tk 30,000 whereas a domestic worker is supposed to go free of cost?

Why did not the agency take steps to bring back after news of torture? What steps the government is taking against the agency for its negligence? What did the role Bangladesh embassy play after the revelation of the incident?

What did the Saudi authorities inform the Bangladesh embassy about the unnatural death of Kulsum? Why did the government allow burial of Kulsum without postmortem as it was not a natural death? The organization raised these questions too. 

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