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HC issues rule on the progress of forming anti-sexual harassment bodies

  • Published at 11:20 pm May 13th, 2019
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The court asked authorities concerned to explain why they should not be directed to submit a progress report

The High Court has issued a rule, asking authorities concerned, to know about the progress on the formation of sexual harassment prevention committees in educational institutions, and workplaces as per the guideline provided by it ten years ago.

The High Court bench of Justices FRM Nazmul Ahasan and KM Kamrul Kader issued the rule, following a writ petition filed by six organizations.

A total of 18 respondents- including secretaries of cabinet division, ministry of law, ministry of women and children, and social welfare- will have to answer to the rule within two weeks.

In the rule, the court asked the authorities concerned to explain in two weeks why they should not be directed to submit a progress report in this regard.

Advocate Fawzia Karim Firoje stood for the writ.

On April 28, six organizations including Bangladesh Women Lawyers’ Association (BWLA), filed the writ with the High Court.

Following another writ petition, the High Court, on May 14, 2009, issued a set of guidelines to prevent any kind of physical, mental or sexual harassment of women, girls, and children at workplaces, educational institutions, and other public places.

The directives also made it mandatory for educational institutions, and workplaces to form a five-member committee to prevent, and investigate allegations of sexual harassment.