Taqbir Huda

'JUSTICE' IN PRACTICE

The writer is a trainee-advocate at Chancery Chambers in Bangladesh and a legal volunteer at the Bangladesh Society for the Enforcement of Human Rights (BSEHR - Manabadhikar).

October 8, 2021
October 8, 2021

Three months after the Hashem factory fire, has there been any ‘justice’?

Today, October 8, marks three months since the deadly Hashem Foods fire, which claimed the lives of at least 54 people. Out of those killed, at least 17 were children. Out of these 17 children, at least 11 were girls.

July 29, 2021
July 29, 2021

Why is child labour still legal in Bangladesh?

What were you doing on a Thursday morning when you were 14?

July 14, 2021
July 14, 2021

We should stop calling acts of corporate manslaughter ‘accidents’

For almost 24 hours last week, the Hashem Food factory in Naryanganj, where hundreds of workers are employed, was up in flames.

July 11, 2021
July 11, 2021

Why is the price of killing a worker only Tk 2 lakh?

Fifty two workers have so far been declared dead as a result of the horrific fire that engulfed the Hashem Foods factory in Narayanganj, where famous products such as Shezan juice and Nocilla spread were produced.

July 5, 2021
July 5, 2021

The long road to the repeal of Section 155(4): Will questions about a rape survivor’s ‘character’ finally be banned in court?

On June 30, 2021, the law minister announced in Parliament that the government will finally be introducing legislation to remove Section 155(4) of the Evidence Act 1872—which has long allowed defence lawyers to raise questions about a rape complainant’s character, and therefore moral police them in the name of cross examination in court.

May 5, 2021
May 5, 2021

‘I have no one else’: How an eight-year-old girl lost her entire family at once

In the early hours of Monday morning, when most of us were tucked comfortably in our beds, eight-year-old Meem lost her entire family after the speedboat she was on crashed and overturned in the middle of the Padma river, drowning and killing 26 passengers.

May 1, 2021
May 1, 2021

Why is a worker’s life only worth Tk 2 lakh in our labour law?

On Labour Day, I am reminded of 22-year-old Jewel Hossain, who in January this year, was conducting his evening shift at a polythene factory when the machine malfunctioned and the blade ripped through him and gouged one of his eyeballs out.

April 28, 2021
April 28, 2021

Six requirements under Bangladesh labour law that can help prevent the spread of Covid-19

As we face an upsurge of Covid-19 cases, and with the national lockdown being lifted, the need to prioritise effective preventive measures has never been greater.

April 24, 2021
April 24, 2021

Why are Bangladeshi workers still dying preventable deaths?

Today marks eight years since one of the deadliest industrial disasters in modern history killed at least 1,132 workers and injured more than 2,500 others in our own backyard.

March 16, 2021
March 16, 2021

Corporate negligence killed a mother and son. Do we even care?

On the afternoon of March 3, 2021, three-year-old Ruhit was playing in front of his residential building located inside the Provita Fish Feed hatchery, when he fell into a large septic tank that had been left uncovered.