A petition filed with the High Court seeking remedy for police scrutiny of a newly married Bangladeshi youth and Rohingya girl has been meted out with a fine.
The government issued a public order in July 2014 banning the marriage between Bangladeshi citizens and Rohingya refugees from Myanmar.
However, Babul Hossain’s son Shoaib Hossain Jewel, 25, married 18-year-old Rafiza at a mosque located inside Kutupalong refugee camp, with the consent of Rafiza’s parents, before the ban was issued.
Although the marriage was conducted by the imam of the mosque in accordance with Islamic norms and principles, they could not register their marriage and Shoaib returned to his native village in Singair, Manikganj with his newly-wed wife Rafiza.
Upon their return, the police at Singair upazila were alerted and the couple fled in fear of being arrested.
On Monday, the High Court bench of Justice Moinul Islam Chowdhury and Justice JBM Hasan in a hearing fined Babul Hossain Tk1 lakh for his writ petition that challenged the legality of the government ban on a Bangladeshi marrying a Rohingya.
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The court ordered the petitioner to pay the fine within 30 days. It also ordered legal steps against the petitioner should he default on the fine.
Deputy Attorney General Motahar Hossain Raju represented the state while lawyer ABM Hamidul Misbah argued for the petitioner.
Motahar Hossain said: “According to the Foreigners Act, the foreigners are not allowed to move beyond specified areas. Apart from this, Rohingya people cannot be married to Bangladeshis as per an order of the Law Ministry.
“The petitioners have wronged in two ways. They brought that girl outside the specified area. In addition, they filed a writ with the High Court in their bid to register the marriage.”
The deputy attorney general said if the fine is not deposited in 30 days, legal steps will be taken against the youth’s father.
The writ petition was filed on December 10, 2017, challenging a gazette notification issued by the law ministry on October 25 of the same year.
This article was first published on Bangla Tribune.