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Another pointer to indifference to Rana Plaza victims



That a female worker who sustained head injuries in the Rana Plaza collapse in April 2013 took her own life on Friday in her rented house at Turag adjacent to the capital Dhaka as she could no more endure pain indeed yet again betrays that the government’s promise in regard to the rehabilitation of the wounded Rana Plaza victims in particular still remain high on rhetoric and low on substance. According to a New Age report on Saturday quoting the deceased family, she received Tk 50,000 from the government and other agencies and was admitted to hospital. One need not be an expert to understand that the money was hardly sufficient for her to continue with the treatment.
In fact, the government has failed to address almost all the issues concerning the Rana Plaza victims thus far. In the first place, with human body parts still being recovered from the site where the debris of the eight-storey building was dumped in, it is clear that the rescue operation there was finished incomplete. What is worse is that the government is yet to take any effective steps to address the concerns of the near and dear ones of more than 200 victims of the building collapse who are still missing. Moreover, many of the families of the victims already identified are reportedly still approaching different authorities, including the Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters’ Association, for the compensation money promised earlier. One could be forgiven to conclude that all this is the manifestation of the apathy of government like its predecessors to workers at large, who belong to the poor and marginalised groups. Unfortunately, meanwhile, the ethical section of society, sympathy for workers on whose part literally poured in the wake of the worst-ever building collapse, appears to have gone into slumber with the memories of the victims fading away.
The government’s failure to rehabilitate the injured Rana Plaza victims and the families that lost their members in the tragedy may prove double shock for them which is affront to humanity on the one hand and may end up leading the apparel sector into workers’ unrest further on the other, some situation the sector already facing an array of risks can hardly afford.




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