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Lawsuit accuses Bangladesh consul general and wife of abusing domestic worker for 18 months

A former domestic worker for the consul general of Bangladesh has sued him and his wife in New York, saying he was lured to America with false promises of $3,000 monthly wages and then was forced to work in oppressive conditions.

Mashud Parves Rana filed the lawsuit Friday in Manhattan federal court.

The lawsuit says Consul General Monirul Islam and his wife, Fahima Tahsina Prova, forced Rana to work 17-hour days without a day off for more than 18 months. Rana alleges the couple wouldn't let him leave their two Manhattan homes and threatened to beat him or kill him if he left.

The lawsuit seeks unspecified damages.

A message left with the Consulate General of Bangladesh in New York hasn't been returned.

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