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Casualties of two children in a row are alarming: 25 citizens

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Casualties of two children in a row are alarming: 25 citizens

25 prominent citizens have expressed their concern over the death of Preeti Urang, the housekeeper of Syed Ashfaqul Haque, the executive editor of the English daily The Daily Star. Referring to the alarming incident of two child laborers being injured in the same house within a short period of time, they demanded proper investigation and justice in the incident.

They claimed this in a statement signed by Saleh Ahmed, the general secretary of the Samilit Samaj Andolan on Wednesday. Those 25 citizens signed there.

It is said in the statement that on February 6, a 15-year-old child domestic worker named Preeti Urang died from the ninth floor of a multi-storey building in Mohammadpur, Dhaka. The deceased child was working as a domestic worker at the house of Syed Ashfaqul Haque, executive editor of the English daily The Daily Star. After the killing of Preeti Urang, locals staged protests in the area alleging that Preeti had been killed. On February 7, Preeti Urang’s father Lokesh Urang filed a case against Syed Ashfaqul Haque and his wife at Mohammadpur police station. Syed Ashfaqul Haque and his wife are currently in jail in that case.

Earlier on August 6, 2023, another 7-year-old child domestic worker Ferdausi of Syed Ashfaqul Haque’s house fell from the ninth floor of the same building in the same way but survived but had to accept paralysis. Although a case was filed in this incident, the accused Syed Ashfaqul Haque and his wife were acquitted from the case.

It has been said in the statement that the incident of two child laborers being killed in the same house in a short period of time is worrying. It would be very difficult for the family of a poor marginal tea worker to file a case against the influential people of the society. The state and civil society need to focus on proper and impartial investigation and justice in this incident. We demand proper investigation and justice in the death of Preeti Urang.

Statement signatories:

1. Advocate Sultana Kamal, Former Advisor to Caretaker Government
2. Rasheda K. Chowdhury, former advisor to caretaker government
3. Ramendu Majumder, Presidium Member, Collective Social Movement
4. Dr. Sarwar Ali, Trustee, Liberation War Museum
5. Professor Syed Anwar Hossain, President, Collective Social Movement
6. Advocate Rana Das Gupta, General Secretary, Bangladesh Hindu-Buddhist-Christian Unity Council
7. Dr. Fawzia Muslim, President, Women’s Parishad
8. S. M. A. Sabur, President, Bangladesh Farmers’ Association
9. Khushi Kabir, human rights activist
10. M. M. Akash, Professor, University of Dhaka
11. Robayet Ferdous, Professor, University of Dhaka
12. Saleh Ahmed, General Secretary, Collective Social Movement
13. Parvez Hashem, Advocate, Bangladesh Supreme Court
14. Abdul Waheed, Executive President, National Labor Alliance
15. AK Azad, culture activist
16. Advocate Jibanananda Jayant, Organizer, Ganajagran Manch
17. Dr. Noor Mohammad Talukdar, President, Bangladesh College University Teachers Association,
18. Dr. Rezwana Karim Snigdha, Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology, Jahangirnagar University
19. Farha Tanjim Titil, Associate Professor, Department of Economics, Islami University, Bangladesh
20. Mainthin Pramila, Treasurer, Bangladesh Tribal Forum
21. Abdur Razzak, General Secretary, Building Workers Union Bangladesh (INSAB)
22. Dipayan Khisa, Central Member, Bangladesh Tribal Forum
23. Rezaul Kabir, General Secretary, Khelaghar
24. Priscilla Raj, author and researcher
25. Gautam Sheel, President, Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL)



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