Trial set to begin in death of Rawshan Jian

Criminal Court has scheduled the trials of six individuals charged over the death of Rawshan Jian for Thursday morning.

The eight-year old Bangladeshi girl passed away due to injuries sustained when a falling cement bag from a construction site crushed the girl last December. The construction site was being maintained by W Construction Pvt Ltd.

Last month, the police concluded their investigation into the case and sent the case to the Prosecutor General's Office seeking prosecution. While six individuals were charged over Rawshan's death, four are Indian laborers working for the company.

Rajjav Ali, who was operating the winch lift that had caused the cement bag to fall, is being charged with criminal negligence in operating the equipment. He could face six years in jail if proven guilty.

Muthumani Ramachandhuran is charged over the same offense, as he was the person who instructed Rajjav Ali to operate the winch while aware that Rajjav was not the staff assigned for the task. He could face three years, 2 months and 12 days in jail.

Keshariral Chauhan and Gulan Mohamed are charged with failure to warn a person of a hazard. They face one month and six days in jail if found guilty.

In addition to the Indian nationals, two Maldivians are being charged over Rawshan's death. Moosa Hassan, senior site supervisor at W Construction and Adam Shafeeq, Managing Director of the company are both being charged with criminal negligence that caused the death of an individual. If the charges against them are proven, they will face a prison sentence of one year, seven months and six days.

Rawshan was the daughter of Bangladeshi expats working in a Maldives island. After her death, her parents have implored authorities to find justice for their daughter.