18 house helps were reported tortured between January and May this year

At least eight domestic helps died from torture in the first five months of the year.

Additionally, there were as many as 18 reports of domestic helps facing torture at the hands of the house owners over the same period, according to Ain O Shalish Kendra.

Manusher Jonno Foundation (MJF) in another report said that a total of seven domestic helps were tortured in 2020. Of them, three child domestic helps died.

Following another report of torturing a 12-year-old domestic help in the capital’s Topkhana road on Sunday, the MJF expressed deep concern over the matter and demanded exemplary punishment of the accused.

The Ministry of Labour and Employment has already formulated a policy on domestic abuse titled “Domestic Workers Protection and Welfare Policy 2015”.

The human rights organizations have urged the government to pass a law in line with the policy.

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