Call for charges against contractor gathers strength after tragic death

Rawshan Jian, 8. (File Photo)

Former Attorney General Husnu Al Suood and former Vice President Dr. Mohamed Jameel Ahmed, among others, have called for criminal charges against W Construction involved in the construction accident which resulted in the death of an eight-year-old girl.

Suood tweeted this Monday that criminal charges need to be pressed against the directors of W Construction.

And Jameel tweeted that such an accident was unacceptable in this day and age. He called to the Maldivian government and Male’ City Council to take necessary measures against irregular practices to prevent further accidents and protect lives, and called for a criminal probe to bring those responsible to justice.

Many members of the general public have taken to social media to call for criminal charges against W Construction, and has appealed to Male’ City Council and other relevant government agencies to make construction companies more responsible to proper safety measures.

The daughter of a Bangladeshi couple, Rawshan Jian, 8, was walking on the pavement next to W Construction’s site, M. Nalahiya Manzil , on Sunday morning, when a cement sack being hoisted from the fifth floor to the sixth floor of the building hit the side of the building and burst open – loosening the rope around it and throwing it down directly on top of the girl’s head.

The family live in F. Atoll where the mother works as a medical doctor. They were in Male’ City to make some visa arrangements.

Rawshan suffered massive internal injuries and was in critical condition and hooked to a ventilator at the Intensive Care Unit when she passed away just after noon this Monday.

Male’ City Council has suspended W Construction’s license.