ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Blood Garments

The Bangladesh tragedy exposes the callousness of the garment business.

The collapse of the eight-storey Rana Plaza in Bangladesh on 24 April that crushed over 1,127 people, mostly women garment workers, and injured more than 2,500, is now being called the worst industrial accident since the gas leak from the Union Carbide factory in Bhopal. But neither Rana Plaza nor Bhopal should be thought of as “accidents”. In both instances, the reason for the disaster was deliberate and callous neglect for which the responsibility lies squarely on the shoulders of those who built the structure, as in Rana Plaza, or those who owned and ran the plant, as in Bhopal.

These deaths were not just the result of bad luck or a freak occurrence but caused by deliberate unconcern for human life. Particularly callous in this instance is that just the day previous to the collapse, cracks were visible in the building and it had been temporarily evacuated, only for the builder to get a rigged safety assessment done and for the factory owners to force workers back inside on pain of losing their jobs.

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