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High Court: Why recording biometric data should not be mandatory for birth registrations

  • Published at 03:09 pm January 15th, 2021
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File photo of the Bangladesh Supreme Court Dhaka Tribune

Arifur Rahman filed the writ so that bodies of unidentified people, criminals, and missing persons could be identified through fingerprints and iris scans

The High Court on Thursday issued a rule asking why recording biometric data – fingerprints and iris scans – should not be made mandatory for birth registrations.

The bench of Justice JBM Hassan and Justice Md Khairul Alam passed the order after hearing a writ filed by human rights activist Arifur Rahman Murad Bhuiyan.

Deputy Attorney General Tushar Kanti Roy stood for the state while Arifur placed arguments on his petition.


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The registrar general of birth and death registration, Local government, Rural Development and Cooperatives Ministry secretary, Public Security Division secretary of the Home Ministry, and inspector general of police were asked to respond to the rule in four weeks.    

Arifur Rahman filed the writ on March 12 last year so that bodies of unidentified people, criminals, and missing persons could be identified through fingerprints and iris scans.

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