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12:00 AM, March 06, 2010 / LAST MODIFIED: 12:00 AM, March 06, 2010

Suicide attempt

Injured garment worker dies

A teenage garment worker who was seriously injured after falling from the rooftop of a six-storey factory building in Dhaka on January 2 died at Khulna Medical College Hospital yesterday.
Ruma, 17, a worker of Solar Garments, had jumped from the rooftop in a bid to commit suicide as she was under mental pressure from a supervisor and an accounts officer of the factory who made an indecent proposal to her, Ruma's father Rafiq Sikder said yesterday.
The two also warned her that if she does not accept the proposal, her job will be at stake.
Ruma told all this to her father before her death, Rafique told The Daily Star over telephone.
"A severe mental pressure forced my daughter to make an suicide attempt," he said and added that Ruma succumbed to her injuries without proper treatment.
When contacted, Managing Director Nazrul Islam of the factory, however, denied the allegations against his officials.
"We also provided treatment cost when she was undergoing treatment at Dhaka Medical College Hospital after the accident," he added.
After 24 days of treatment at DMCH, Ruma was taken to her residence at Khalishpur in Khulna as her family could not afford her treatment there.
When her condition deteriorated on March 2, she was rushed to Khulna Medical College Hospital where she died yesterday morning.

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