New York: Bangladesh consul general kept man as a slave

Living by jihad and sharia is based on ideology and  irrespective of piety, education, wealth, power and status. Just as violent jihadists come from a vast array of different countries, income and education levels, sharia adherents, like this powerful diplomat, are highly educated, affluent but always Muslim.

“Slavery is a part of Islam…(those who argue that slavery is abolished are) ignorant, not scholars. They are merely writers. Whoever says such things is an infidel.”
Saudi Sheikh Saleh Al-Fawzan, member of the Senior Council of Clerics, 2003

“Bangladeshi man says he worked in slave-like conditions for consul general in W. 57th St. apartment: suit,”  BY NEW YORK DAILY NEWS, March 21, 2014, 5:47 PMScreen Shot 2014-03-25 at 6.52.02 PM

In papers filed in Manhattan Federal Court, Mashud Parves Rana says consul general Monirul Islam and his wife, Fahima Tahsina Prova, forced him to work from 6:30 am to 11 pm, seven days a week for 18 months — and never paid him a dime.

A Bangladeshi man says he was lured to the U.S. with the promise of a “good” $3,000 a month job working for his country’s counsel general — and wound up spending 18 months in their luxury Manhattan apartments in “slavery-like conditions.”

In papers filed in Manhattan Federal Court, Mashud Parves Rana says consul general Monirul Islam and his wife, Fahima Tahsina Prova, forced him to work from 6:30 am to 11 pm, seven days a week for 18 months — and never paid him a dime.

They kept the man “in forced labor in slavery-like conditions” in their sprawling, $8,000-a-month W. 57th St. apartment, the suit says, barring him “from leaving their residence under his own volition, threatening to beat him or kill him, threatening that the police will arrest him or kill him if he left their residence, physically assaulting him on at least two occasions, (and) maintaining possession over Mr. Rana’s passport and visa,” says the suit.

Among his tasks, the suit says, was cooking the family’s food from scratch, washing their clothes by hand, supervising their 11-year-old son and cleaning the apartment daily.

“Mr. Rana would complete his daily tasks by approximately 11:00 pm each night. However, if defendants were attending an event outside of the house, Mr. Rana was required to wait for them to return to let them in and prepare a late meal for them. On these occasions, Mr. Rana did not finish work until approximately 1 am.

“Several times per month, defendants hosted parties and gatherings in their home, for which Mr. Rana was required to cook for all of the guests, and to clean up after the guests left. On these occasions, Mr. Rana did not finish his work until at least 3 a.m.,” the suit says — and he was also required to cook for events at the Bangladesh Consulate on E. 43rd St.

He wasn’t allowed to cook for himself, however – the suit says he was only allowed to eat expired or leftover food.

Rana was introduced to the high-powered diplomat by his step-father, who’d grown up with Islam and had recommended him as a domestic worker for his posting in the United States, the filing says.

He was told he’d be paid $3,000 a month for his services, would get some time off every day and the couple would help him renew his visa.

The suit says he took his first ever plane flight to come to New York in September 2012, and found out after he arrived the job was far different than advertised.

Calls and emails to the Bangladesh consulate were not immediately returned.

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