A baby's death, a factory worker's nightmare in Bangladesh

Bangladeshi woman gives birth in shoe factory restroom after being told she couldn't leave work

A woman in Bangladesh gave birth in a factory restroom after being told she could not leave her job making shoes, authorities said Sunday.

The woman, Hamida Akter, survived, but her newborn child was dead on arrival at a nearby hospital, prompting the High Court of Bangladesh to summon three officials of the Apex Footwear factory.

Officials in Kaliakair Upazila, where the factory is located, said Akhter had asked to leave Saturday because she wasn’t feeling well, but the request was denied by her supervisor, identified as Ratan Miah. She was later found, with the newborn, in a factory restroom.

Azizur Rahman, a director of the factory, said the company would investigate the case and expected to take disciplinary action against Miah.

The High Court of Bangladesh ordered Miah, Rahman and one other company official to appear on May 24 to explain their roles in the incident.

Kaliakair Upazila is about 25 miles north of Dhaka, the capital.

Kader is a special correspondent

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