Garment factory owners in Bangladesh have gained power in Parliament and society as the industry has grown, and few have been criminally charged or held to account for fires and other deadly factory disasters. That may be changing after the Tazreen Fashions fire that killed 112 in November and the Rana Plaza building collapse in April that resulted in more than 1,100 deaths; a group of activists and lawyers petitioned the country's High Court to bypass a stalled police investigation and bring charges against the owner of the Tazreen factory.

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