HC rule against Bangladesh Bank circular for gender bias

Dhaka, Dec 31 – The High Court on Tuesday asked the government to explain why its circular issued on December 1 that imposed restriction for married women candidates to give their husband’s address as their permanent address should not be declared illegal. In a circular issued by Bangladesh Bank on December 1 said that the women candidates must mention their husband’s address as their permanent address in the recruitment process.
The HC bench also asked the authorities concerned to explain why such type of restriction for the married women candidates should not be declared without lawful authority.
In response to a writ petition, a vacation bench of the HC comprising Justice JBM Hasan and Justice Khairul Alam issued the rule.
A total of five high officials including secretaries of local government, commerce and finance have been made respondents to reply to the rule within four weeks.
Advocate Ainun Nahar Siddika appeared for the petitioner while attorney general Mahbubey Alam represented the state during the hearing on the petition.
Advocate Ainun Nahar Siddika told reporters that the Bangladesh Bank circular is against the sprit of section 28 and 29 of the constitution.
Bangladesh legal aid and services trust (Blast) and Naripakkha jointly filed the writ petition with the HC recently seeking its directive over the matter. After hearing on the petition the HC bench issued the rule. – Staff Reporter