The court has directed the government to implement the amendment within six months
The High Court has directed the government to amend Article 11 (C) of Women and Children Repression Act within six months.
The bench of Justice M Enayetur Rahim and Justice Md Mostafizur Rahman issued the order on Wednesday, directing the Ministry Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs and the Ministry of Women and Children Affairs to implement said order.
Article 11 (C) of the law states that if a woman suffers minor injuries in an act of violence committed by her husband or any member of his family, the perpetrator will be sentenced to jail for one to three years, and charged a fine.
The law does not allow for the couples to sit in negotiation after the case goes in trial.
The High Court bench also ordered all women and children repression prevention tribunals to allow negotiation in the ongoing trials of marital dispute until the amendment is in effect.
Assistant Attorney General Md Yousuf Mahmud Morshed stood for the state at the hearing.
The order came after the court heard a case that has been in trial for seven years.
Assistant Attorney General Yousuf said a woman filed a case against her husband, accusing him of abuse for dowry, seven years ago.
A Chittagong court sentenced the husband to three years of rigorous imprisonment and charged him Tk50,000 fine.
The husband appealed against the verdict at the High Court and also secured bail.
Since then, the case has been in trial. However, in the meantime, the couple resolved their issues and resumed their relationship, welcoming a child later.
The High Court observed that this trial was embarrassing for both the court and the couple, and ordered the authorities concerned to make necessary amendment to allow negotiation between the parties involved.