Authorities concerned have been asked to respond to the rule within four weeks
The High Court has issued a rule asking why using the mother's name, along with the father's, should not be mandatory for identification purposes in all documents.
The bench of Justice Sheikh Hasan Arif and Justice Rajik Al Jalil issued the rule on Monday in response to a writ filed by Advocate Zubaida Parveen.
Secretaries to the home, and law, justice and parliamentary affairs ministries, the head of Bangladesh Judicial Service Commission, and the Supreme Court registrar general have been asked to respond to the rule within four weeks.
Earlier on April 23, Zubaida, president of National Domestic Women Workers Union (NDWWU), filed the writ petition.
Back in 2000, a circular was published to make it mandatory to use the mother's name as well in forms and documents.
Zubaida filed the writ as the circular was not being followed.