Suicide suspected in death of Bangladesh survivor

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Posted: Jan 27, 2014 3:02 AM

DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — Bangladesh police are investigating a case of suspected suicide by a seamstress who survived the collapse of a multi-story building that killed more than 1,100 people last year, officials said Monday.

The 27-year-old woman, who police identified as Salma, apparently hanged herself in her rented home in a suburb of Bangladesh's capital, Dhaka, on Friday. Police have recovered her body, and investigator Kamal Hossain said he was waiting for the autopsy report.

Doctors at the state-run Dhaka Medical College Hospital said they sent samples collected from Salma's body to another government-run research center for viscera report.

Salma was one of about 2,500 workers who survived the collapse of an eight-story building that housed several garment factories. Authorities say 1,129 people died in the world's worst garment industry disaster, highlighting an industry with poor safety standards and often dangerous working condition.

Salma's husband, Mohammad Babu, said she suffered head injuries in the disaster, but had recovered.

Babu told police that he found Salma sound when he left home for work Friday morning.

Police detained him for questioning and were treating the wife's case as "unnatural death."

Hossain, the investigator, said he was skeptical about a theory spread by some local media that Salma committed suicide because she could not endure the pain caused by the wounds sustained in the building collapse.