90pc female RMG workers face mental torture


Around ninety percent of the females laboring in the factory are subjected to mental torture while 51 percent of women to physical abuse.
43 per cent of women were sexually assaulted, the Bangladesh Labor Rights Forum and Citizens’ Initiative Research paper reported. The report is based on a survey of 270 women workers. 51 percent of women indicated that they were punished by slapping, bashing, pushing and pulling their hair at work.

Sexual harassment includes unwanted touch, obscene gestures, indecent comments, sexually indicative talking, obscene jokes, taking pictures on mobile and spreading them through social media. Seventy-seven percent of victims states that, 25% of women change jobs. Sixty percent of women said they did not know of any specific policy or directive in the factory to prevent torture.

Fourteen percent of the garment workers were abused and harassed by their owner of the house. On the way home from work, 77 percent of the garment workers suffer harassment in public transport. Bus conductors, helpers and male passengers do more of the work. The helpers of the bus always put their hands on them when they got on the bus. If you protest, you say bad things.

Ratan Saraker, readymade garments labor right activist, said the research paper seemed to be extremely labor-intensive. Here is an illustration of the plight of those working in the garment sector. The workers are sweating and moving the society forward, and they are all in trouble. This situation needed to be changed, he added.

In the context of the study, labor right activist Ruhin Hossain Prince said, “This is a very simple picture. Through this, the real face of this society has come up.” "Our research found the current status of women in the garment factory," said Rahima Akhtar, a research 'working woman'. And we are amazed at the terrific information we retrieved. "

"It was created because of the mentality of the owners. They employ women workers at low wages; as a result, women are subjected to torture, discrimination”, she added. The women working in the garment factory do not know any alternative. So, even though they are tortured, they do not disclose it, she further said. Rahima Akhtar suggested that, "hiring a female supervisor will not work in this matter. Because they will implement the owner's order. There is no alternative to strengthening the trade union”