Domestic Workers Rights Network-DWRN organised a human chain on August 5, 2017 in front of National Press Club demanding fair investigation and exemplary punishment to criminals for killing domestic worker Laily Begum at Banasree in the Capital, recent killing of a child domestic worker at Mirpur and continuous torture and killing all over the country.
Speakers in the human chain said, public discontent has been increasing in absence of fair investigation of torture and killing of domestic workers and exemplary punishment of criminals. As an urgent issue they expressed their opinion to take immediate initiatives for appropriate measures and punishment to the criminal. Speakers demanded, exemplary punishment to criminals, to provide legal aid to domestic workers case and to provide proper compensation to the family of domestic worker Laili Begum. They also demanded for implementation of “Domestic Worker Protection and Welfare Policy 2015” to protect domestic workers.
Speakers also urged for taking departmental action against those professionals, artists, sportsmen and members of law enforcing agencies who torture domestic workers. They also called for raising awareness in different sectors, professions, workplaces, housing and flat associations. They demanded to stop appointing child domestic workers, raising awareness and consciousness among the family members regarding value of human rights and ensuring fair wages, fixed working hours, treatment, rest and leave.
Jatiya Srammik Jote Bangladesh President Shirin Akhter, MP; Bangladesh Jatiyatabadi Sramik Dal President Anwar Hossain, Bangladesh Trade Union Kendra General Secretary Dr. Wajedul Islam Khan, Bangladesh National Women Lawyers Association Executive Director Advocate Salma Ali, Sramik Karmochari Oikya Parishad Joint Coordinator Naimul Ahsan Jewel, Domestic Workers Rights Network Coordinator Syed Sultan Uddin Ahmmed, Jatiya Garhastha Nari Sramik Union Advisor Abul Hossain delivered speech in the human chain. Representatives of BLAST and Nari Maitree, Domestic Workers Rights Network affiliated human rights organisations and leaders of National Trade Union Federations and professional organisations expressed solidarity in the human chain.