A writ petition was filed with the High Court, challenging three sections of the Organ Transplantation Act 1999 and seeking a guideline to regulate organ donation and transplantation in the country.
Fatema Zohra, a kidney donor, and her 24-year-old daughter, a kidney patient in dire need of a transplant, filed the petition. Barrister Rashna Imam moved the petition in court as public interest litigation on Thursday.
The petitioner urged the court to issue a rule upon the government, seeking an explanation as to why Sections 2(Ga), 3 and 6 of the Organ Transplantation Act 1999 should not be declared illegal.
The writ also sought a ruling questioning the failure of the state to regulate organ donation and transplantation by framing rules and regulations for the last 17 years.
The High Court Division Bench of Moynul Islam Chowdhury and Justice JBM Hassan issued the rule asking the Ministry of Health and the director general of Health Services to reply to the rule within two weeks.
Barrister Rashna Imam told the Dhaka Tribune that the petition was filed as the matter is of public interest.
Thousands are dying due to a shortage of kidneys and the poor are being exploited in the flourishing illicit kidney trade, she added.