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Remove immoral officials from BD Foreign Missions

Published : Friday, 7 September, 2018 at 12:00 AM Count : 669

Two employees of Bangladesh Embassy in Saudi Arabia have been suspended due to an allegation of exploiting a woman sexually. The woman went to Saudi Arabia as a domestic worker in 2016. She suffered maltreatment by her employer. She was physically assaulted. She had to work for several months without any payment. The woman went to the agency that recruited her and then took shelter to the Bangladesh Embassy. This is the flashpoint of the incident.

She stayed there for eight long months where embassy staff, Mohammad Lokman, assuring to marry her, developed physical relation with her. At one point of time, the victim understood that the man is not going to marry her; she appraised the matter to the embassy authority. Lokman convinced her and arranged her return flight, therefore, promised to marry her after her return to the country. After knowing that Lokman has returned home, she attempted to commit suicide for which police filed a case against her. Now she is at Kashimpur jail.

According to the Ambassador of Riyadh, Golam Moshi, a high-level committee has been formed to investigate into the matter. The news has been flashed out when hundreds of women complained against their employers in Saudi Arabia of physical and mental harassment and non-payment related issues. The incident is an overburden to the Bangladesh Embassy in Saudi Arabia considering reputation and performance.  
This is not the end but there is other incident also. In June 2017, Bangladesh's deputy consul general in New York was charged due to labour trafficking and forcing his servant to work without payment. Such inhumane activities in Bangladesh Embassies in the foreign lands are not new.

Embassies are established to serve the country's interest and ensure its citizen's wellbeing in a foreign land.  Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is the largest source of foreign remittance of Bangladesh while it is, allegedly, the worst country for labour treatment, especially for treating house maids.

Now it is a well known fact that Bangladeshi female workers in many cases are being persecuted in Saudi Arabia. We can guess the financial and social insecurity of those women migrate to another country for household work. Some of these emigrant women face brutal treatment and are compelled to leave the country. In such case, Bangladesh Embassy is the sole hope to get help and to be rescued from the alien environment in a foreign land. If embassy staffs pursue their malicious favour from the ones in distress while he/she is appointed in the office to defend compatriot's interest it is a heinous crime. It is a matter of national reputation too.

As the crime has happened in the Bangladesh Embassy, actions will be taken under the Penal Code. And under this law the accused, if proved, might be reprimanded in line with the law. This kind of action is dangerous for the national image and put questions to the professionalism of the officers. We believe that not all are corrupted and culprit, but definitely some are misusing their privileges. Therefore, we expect exemplary action against culprits through legal procedure.



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