Writ on Savar Rana Plaza Collapse
Writ Petition No. 4390 of 2013
Name of the Parties
1.Ain o Salish Kendra (ASK), represented by its Executive Director, 7/17, Block-B, Lalmatia, Dhaka
2.Bangladesh Legal Aid and Services Trust (BLAST) represented by its Legal Advisor, YMCA Bhaban, 1/1, Pioneer Road, Shegunbagicha, Dhaka.
1.Bangladesh, represented by the Secretary, Ministry of Housing and Public Works, Bangladesh Secretarial, Dhaka.
2.RAJUK, represented by its Chairman, JAJUK Bhaban, Motijheel, Dhaka.
3.Inspector General of Police, Police Headquarter, Dhaka.
4.The Superintendent of Police, Dhaka Division.
5.Officer in Charge, Savar Thana, Savar, Dhaka
6.Chief Inspector of Factories, Srama Bhaban, 4 DIT Avenue,
7.Dhaka.Md. Shohel Rana, owner of Rana Plaza, Savar Bazar, Savar, Dhaka.
8.Managing Director, New Wave Bottoms Limited, Rana Plaza, Savar Bazar, Savar, Dhaka.
9.Managing Director, Phantom Apparels Ltd., Rana Plaza, Savar Bazar, Savar, Dhaka.
10.Managing Director, Phantom Tack Ltd., Rana Plaza, Savar Bazar, Savar, Dhaka.
11.Managing Director, Ethar Textile Ltd., Rana Plaza, Savar Bazar, Savar, Dhaka.
Failure of the respondents to ensure effective enforcement of applicable laws on building construction and workplace safety, in particular, failure to prevent deaths of and injuries of garment workers and other people from collapse of the nine-storey building namely Rana Plaza, in Savar, Dhaka amounting to breach of statutory duties and gross negligence of the respondents.
Wherefore it is most numbly prayed that your Lordships may graciously be pleased to:
(A) Issue a Rule Nisi calling upon the respondents to show cause as to why they should not be directed to take necessary action as required by the law and the Constitution to effectively investigate, prosecute and punish those responsible for the deaths and injuries to the victims of the building collapse on 24.04.2013 at Savar, Dhaka and to take all necessary measures for such purpose and for prevention of any future such occurrence, including:
(i) To secure payment by the respondents of adequate compensation to the victim workers and their families, who have died or have suffered injury in the said building collapse.
(ii) To ensure appropriate protective measures in particular safety precautions in the event building collapse and to implement and enforce legal provisions for the rehabilitation of the victims of such incidents as well as making available appropriate medical treatment for victims of building collapse.
(iii) To direct the respondent Nos. 4 to 6 to produce the respondent Nos. 6 to 9 before this Hon’ble Court on a particular day to clarify their responsibilities.
(B) Pending hearing of the rule, pass interim orders
i) To directly the respondent Nos. 3-5 to produce the respondent Nos. 7 to 11 before this Hon’ble Court on a particular day to clarify their responsibilities;
ii) To direct the respondents to ensure immediate rescue of the victims and also ensure proper treatment at their responsibility, costs and expenses;
iii) To direct the respondent No. 7 owner of the building to produce before the court necessary approvals in respect of the aforesaid collapse building within a stipulated period of time;
iv) To direct the respondent Nos. 1-6 to intimate the Hon’ble Court about the steps they have taken meanwhile in respect of the victims.
(C) After perusing the causes, if any show and haring the parties make the rule absolute.
(D) Cost of and incidental to this applicant be directed to be born by respondents.
(E) any other or further order orders as may be deemed fit and proper be also granted.
A school teacher arrested on a charge of sexual harassment in Rangamati
School Management Committee (SMC) of Jibtoli Chaiman Para Government Primary School assured that recently a school teacher has been accused on a charge of sexual harassment of his own girl students in Jiptoli area of Rangamati Sadar upazila under Rangamati district.
The SMC members inform that, the students’ guardians, the local authority including some village respected brought a complaint against a culprit named Arup Kumar Mutsuddi, who has been harassing his girl students sexually minimum 5-7 students for seven to eight months. But the victims were silent for social security and safety issue. One day, a school girl discussed about her observation with her parent about the teacher’s objectionable activities with other girl students.
Following the allegation from the student guardians called for immediate meeting, and thereafter, found solid evidence when many of the students confirmed that they were sexually harassed by culprit Arup Kumar Mutsuddi.
However, a case has been filed against the perpetrator with the technical help of BLAST with Rangamati police station under the law of Prevention of Oppression against Women and Children Act 2000. On 21 March 2013 police arrested the alleged perpetrator from a town of Rangamati. In the meantime, the school students and local people organized a human chain demanding immediate of suspension from his job in front of Deputy Commissioner Office in Rangamati.
An 8-year indigenous Marma girl raped by Bengali settler student in Guimara
On 26 March 2013, a Bengali settler boy (14) Md. Belal Hossain s/o Md. Nurul Islam of Kalapani village, allegedly raped an indigenous Marma girl (8), who is a school student of class III of Hapchari government primary school of the Hapchari mouza under Guimara police station in Ramgarh upazila of Khagrachari district. It is learnt that the girl went to attend a sport program at her school in the celebration of Independence Day of Bangladesh. On her way, Md. Belal Hossain suddenly seized and raped her forcibly in quiet place. The survivor bled profusely as was admitted to Khagrachari Sadar hospital. A case was filed with the Guimara police station in connection with the incident. Police arrested the culprit.
262 Incidents of Violence at the Border
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Sundarban: The Largest Mangrove Forest of the World
Sundarban is the most charismatic location of the world, which is comprised, of the richest flora and fauna. Yes, it’s the Royal Bengal Sundarban, the land of natural beauty where the entire Bangladeshi wildlife is embroidered to the perfection. Sundarban, literally means beautiful forest.
The Sundarban forest lies in the vast delta on the Bay of Bengal formed by the super confluence of the Padma, Brahmaputra and Meghna rivers across southern Bangladesh. The seasonally flooded Sundarbans freshwater swamp forests lie inland from the mangrove forests on the coastal fringe.
The forest covers 10,000 km2. of which about 6,000 are in Bangladesh.The Sundarbans is estimated to be about 4,110 km², of which about 1,700 km² is occupied by waterbodies in the forms of river, canals and creeks of width varying from a few meters to several kilometers.
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