DHAKA Dec 15 Police in Bangladesh are
investigating the death of a teenager at a textile mill who was
killed after a co-worker reportedly pumped air into his body by
inserting a compressor hose into his rectum.
Mohammad Yamin, aged around 14, worked at a textile mill in
Narayanganj, on the outskirts Dhaka, and died on Wednesday,
police official Manjur Quader told Reuters.
"We have arrested the co-worker, who is the main suspect in
the case and we are now investigating."
In July, a 10-year-old child worker of a textile mill was
killed a similar fashion.
Children under the age of 14 are not allowed to work under
Bangladeshi law but child labour is common in a country where
nearly a quarter of its 160 million people live the below
poverty line of $2 a day.
Bangladesh relies on garments for about 80 percent of its
exports and for about 4 million jobs, and is a major supplier of
clothes to developed markets in the West.
Accidents and poor conditions in the textile and garment
sector are a major concern for foreign buyers.
Last year, a 12-year-old boy working at a motorcycle
workshop was killed in the same way after he had tried to quit
his job. In November, a speedy trial court sentenced two people
to death for the killing the boy.
(Reporting by Ruma Paul)