Following demand from different quarters to stop the sending of female manpower to Saudi Arabia as they often face physical and sexual assault there, Expatriates’ Welfare and Overseas Employment Minister Imran Ahmad on Saturday said the issue will come up for discussion at the Joint Technical Group meeting billed for November 26-27.
“The decision about stopping sending female workers will be taken after the meeting,” he said this while talking to reporters at Chapainawabganj Technical Training Centre.
The minister also said they will take measures so that female workers can work abroad with safety and dignity. “We’ll go for other option if we fail to this end.”
Imran Ahmed inaugurated the outsourcing training course and opened the Bangabandhu Corner at the technical training centre.
Expatriates’ Welfare and Overseas Employment Secretary Selim Reza, Additional Secretary Mosharraf Hossain and Deputy Commissioner of the district AZM Nurul Haque were present on the occasion.
Jatiya Party and Gonoforum MPs in Parliament on Tuesday demanded that sending female manpower to Saudi Arabia for domestic works be stopped as they often face physical assault and harassment.
Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) members have arrested six suspected members of banned militant outfit ‘Ansar Al Islam’ from Dhaka, Gazipur and Satkhira districts.
The arrestees are Shafiqul Islam alias Sagar alias Salman Muktadir, 21, Ilias Hawlader alias Khattab, 32, Ikramul Islam alias Amir Hamja, 21, Ameer Hossain alias Tauhidi Jonatar Artonad, 26, Shipon Meer alias Abdur Rob, 33, and Waliullah alias Abdur Rahman, 25.
Two teams of Rab-4 launched drives in Uttara of Dhaka city, Gazipur and Shyamnagar upazila of Satkhira from 3pm on Friday.
During the drives that lasted for 16 hours till 7am on Saturday, the elite force arrested the six suspected militants and recovered books on extremism, leaflets, digital contents with extremism topics, mobile phones and laptops from their possessions.
During preliminary interrogation, the arrestees revealed that they wanted to establish so-called Islamic caliphate instead of the existing traditional democratic system.
A 10th grader was stabbed to death by some miscreants in Kalikapur area of Sadar Upazila in the district on Saturday.
The deceased was identified as Saidur Zaman Sifat, son of Monowar Mia of the area.
Victim’s relatives said Sifat along with his friend Mahi were playing games on their cell phone while two young men attacked Mahi as a sequel to Friday’s altercation.
Sifat tried to save Mahi while the miscreants stabbed him and fled. The duo was rushed to Sadar Hospital where Sifat’s condition deteriorated and he was referred to Faridpur Medical College and Hospital.
Later, Sifat succumbed to his injuries on the way to Faridpur Medical College Hospital.
Officer-in-charge of Sadar Police Station Imdadul Haque said the adolescent boy was killed centering a dispute over drugs.
Two policemen and a journalist were injured in an attack allegedly by some businessmen when a mobile court on Saturday fined two of them at Nicher Bazar wholesale market in the town for selling onion at excessively high price.
Executive magistrate and NDC Sibbir Ahmed and executive magistrate Amjad Hossain conducted the drive at the wholesale market.
“Evidence of selling onion at a high price as well as goods without displaying the price list was found against the traders. Nafisa Traders was fined Tk 20,000 and Jahangir Traders was slapped with a Tk 10,000 fine during the drive,” Sibbir Ahmed said.
Witnesses said the businessmen got furious after they were fined and confined the two executive magistrates.
When the members of police tried to intervene, they were assaulted while a local journalist was attacked by the agitated businessmen when he tried to take a picture of the incident.
Later additional police rescued the magistrates and those who participated in the drive.
S M Shafayet, the injured journalist, was admitted to the Chuadanga Sadar Hospital.
Expressing his disappointment at the incident that occurred while monitoring the market, Nazrul Islam Sarker, Deputy Commissioner of Chuadanga said legal action will be taken in this regard.
Terming the incident unwanted Chuadanga distirct Shop Owners Association general secretary Ibrul Hasan Joardar Ibu said the situation was created due to misunderstanding.