A total of 104 Bangladeshi migrant workers returned home empty handed from Saudi Arabia on Thursday night.
With them, 4,662 such migrant workers were deported by the Gulf country in October, said Shariful Hasan, head of Brac Migration Programme.
The flight of Saudia Airlines, carrying latest deportees, landed at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport around 11:20pm, he added.
Officials of the migration programme, with help of Prabashi Kalyan Desk set under the Ministry of Expatriates’ Welfare and Overseas Employment, provided the deported workers with immediate assistance like food and drinking water. They also assisted the workers to return home safely, Shariful said.
Quoting a number of the workers, he said they had gone to Saudi Arabia barely a few months ago and were sent back “empty-handed”.
Meanwhile, speakers at a protest rally yesterday demanded that Bangladesh government takes measures to properly address torture and abuse of female migrant workers in Saudi Arabia.
They also demanded that the government raise the issue before international communities to create pressure on Saudi Arabia so that guilty Saudi employers can be brought to book.
The rally was held under the banner of “Bangladesh-er Shacheton Nagorik Shamaj” at the Central Shaheed Minar premises in the capital.
Addressing the rally, engineer M Enamul Haque said government’s way of addressing issue regarding female migrant workers’ sufferings was not up to the expectation.
Female workers were sent to some Middle Eastern countries despite knowing those countries’ past records of abuse and torture, he alleged.
Reading out a 10-point demand, journalist Rakhal Raha said Bangladesh government had to create pressure on Saudi Arabia to make the case filing process against torture and abuse of female migrant workers easier.
Women were facing violence and torture at home and abroad which should have been stopped, said Rawshan Ara of Naripokkho.
Supreme Court lawyer Advocate Hasnat Quayum, among others, spoke at the event.