41 charged with murder over bangladesh clothing factory collapse

Bangladesh police have charged government and factory officials over the 2013 disaster, which left more than 1,100 people dead.

by Isabelle Hellyer
02 June 2015, 7:10am

It was an uncomfortable moment for the fashion world. When Rana Plaza, a building which housed clothing factories, collapsed, everyone in industry was confronted with the real-world cost of the fast fashion cycle. The 2013 disaster left more than 1,100 people dead in what the New York Times called "the worst disaster in garment industry history." Now the fashion world will again be reminded that cheap clothing can come at a high price, as the police in Bangladesh formally charge 41 people with murder for their alleged involvement in the disaster. Among those facing charges: Plaza owner Sohel Rana, his parents, the owners of a number of factories the building houses and "at least a dozen government officials" report NYT journalists Julfikar Ali Manik and Nid Najar. The case is scheduled for a hearing on June 28.


Text Isabelle Hellyer
Photography Abir Abdullah/European Pressphoto Agency

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