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Husband’s name to go from new smart NID cards for women

Update : 04 Sep 2015, 08:16 PM

The Election Commission has finalised a sample of highly secure smart national identity (NID) card for eligible citizens.

A decision has been taken to not include the husband’s name in the card for women citizens. Presently, married women have the name of their husbands in the laminated NID cards printed on normal paper, that creates problems for them in case of divorce.

“Name of husband will not remain as visible data in the smart NID card as women having name of husbands in the NID cards face problems in case of separation,” Mohsin Ali, Director General In-charge of the National Identity Registration Wing of the Election Commission.

The commission has recently taken the decision as a significant number of married women have applied to the commission to change or omit husband’s names from the NID cards in the last couple of years, he told UNB.

Mohsin Ali, however, said information on their spouses will be contained in the NID server, alongside 44 other bits of data, for all the citizens.

According to media reports, the divorce rate has risen sharply in recent years, with 23 divorce petitions filed a day on average in 2013 in the capital alone.

The two city corporations received 8,191 divorce petitions in 2013 and 7,653 in 2012.

Oberthur Technologies, a French digital security company, got the Tk796 crore contact for the production and distribution of 90 million smart NID cards within 18 months.

The firm is scheduled to start the production of 10-digit smart NID card, equipped with microchip and 2D barcode, this month.

The commission provided a 13-digit NID card in 2007 when the card was introduced in the country, later moving to 17-digit NID cards.

The machine-readable smart cards will be distributed free at first, and have multiple uses in getting services like TIN number, driving licence, passport, opening bank accounts, marriage registration and admission in educational institutions. 

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