Bangladesh: Death Toll Reaches 610; Widow Files Murder Charges
May, 05 2013 Share
Bangladesh Death Toll Reaches 610 in Rana Plaza Factory Collapse
As of 7:00 p.m. Sunday in Bangladesh (9 a.m. Eastern time in the U.S.), the Rana Plaza death toll has risen to 610, and is expected to go much higher.
Widow Files Murder Charges
Ms. Sheuli Akter, a widow whose husband Mr. Jahangir Alam was killed when the Rana Plaza building collapsed, has filed murder charges against Sohel Rana, owner of Rana Plaza, Bazlus Samad, owner of the New Wave Style factory where Mr. Alam worked, and against the chief engineer of the Savar municipality. We believe this may be the first time in Bangladesh's history that factory managers have been charged with homicide for a workplace death. The murder charges were filed today, May 5, 2013, at the Court of the Chief Judicial Magistrate.
This very brave widow's legal action is unprecedented, and it is now almost certain that other Rana Plaza workers and their families will file additional murder charges relating to the worker deaths and injuries in the five Rana Plaza factories.