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Bangladesh: Who is to blame?

This week’s Fri­day was packed with in­spi­ra­tional and thought-pro­vok­ing sto­ries. The fea­ture on the col­lapse of the gar­ment fac­tory in Bangladesh had me in tears (‘Blood, death and tears in the sweat­shop of theWest’, Aug 9).

I firmly be­lieve that, along with the own­ers of the fac­tory, the govern­ment should be blamed for this hu­man catas­tro­phe. It seems that the govern­ment does not have an hon­est in­fra­struc­ture in place to en­sure that such sweat­shops don’t ex­ploit peo­ple and rob them of their right to live a de­cent life.

I would also point fin­gers at the ma­jor brands that use th­ese sweat­shops to man­u­fac­ture clothes cheaply. Th­ese brands seem to turn a blind eye to the dis­gust­ing work­ing con­di­tions at th­ese places just so they can keep the cost of pro­duc­tion low.

This is like sys­temic slav­ery that we used to read about in his­tory books. Shame­ful in­deed.

SWATI NIGAM, DUBAI The story of Moyna, a seam­stress at a gar­ment fac­tory in Dhaka, was ex­tremely tragic. I hope this catas­tro­phe serves as an eye-opener and large com­pa­nies take steps to en­sure that some­thing like this does not hap­pen again. If noth­ing else, th­ese in­ci­dents dam­age pub­lic re­la­tions for theWestern com­pa­nies.

STEPHEN S, VIA EMAIL

Bring­ing some­thing to the ta­ble

I re­ally en­joyed read­ing about Chef Sil­vena Rowe (‘Sil­vena in the city’, Aug 9). It was re­fresh­ing to read about a fe­male chef as they are a rare species – and then here was a woman with a mind of her own. She is def­i­nitely go­ing to bring a lot to Fri­day’s food pages.

JOHN MATHAIS, VIA EMAIL

Ad­dress­ing bu­limia

I am a par­ent of a teenage girl, which means I have to deal with im­age is­sues on a daily ba­sis.

My daugh­ter is so ob­sessed with her weight that there are times when she does not think of any­thing else. So when I came across the fea­ture on bu­limia, I made sure that she read ev­ery word of it (‘Des­per­ate mea­sures’, Aug 9), af­ter which we had a long, hon­est chat.

We talked about how our ap­pear­ance af­fects our sense of self-worth, es­pe­cially when we are young and so un­der the in­flu­ence of the fash­ion in­dus­try, me­dia and the world of glam­our.

She now un­der­stands that her tal­ents, skills and her at­ti­tude to­wards peo­ple and life in gen­eral is what is most im­por­tant.

Thank you Fri­day, for the wake-up call.

NAME WITH­HELD ON RE­QUEST

Fit­ting fash­ion

Af­ter read­ing the fash­ion pages of Fri­day this week, I am m con­vinced that you can be both savvy and d stylish (‘Be a savvy sales shop­per’, Aug 9). ).

It was clear that the author had spent t a lot of time at some of Dubai’s mas­sive shop­ping malls and had come up with a se­lec­tion that was real value for money.

I absolutely loved the ac­ces­sories fea­tured in the ar­ti­cle as they all seemed to be ver­sa­tile and con­tem­po­rary, ideal for a pro­fes­sional day­time look as well as a fem­i­nine evening look. You should pub­lish fea­tures like this as fre­quently as pos­si­ble as I feel the UAE is filled with peo­ple who are on a bud­get.

SUPRIYA S, ABU DHABI

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