Lawyer Syeda Nasrin and Md Shahinuzzaman appeared for the petition in the court.

Lawyer Syeda Nasrin said the High Court had issued a guideline in 2009 to prevent sexual harassment in the workplace, including educational institutions. But it has not been implemented yet.

For this reason a writ was filed on behalf of Ain O Salish Kendra (ASK) on 21 October last year. The secretaries of 40 ministries, including public administration, the registrar general of the Supreme Court, the Bar Council and the University Grants Commission (UGC) were made respondents in that petition.

On 7 August, 2008, lawyer Salma Ali, executive director of the Bangladesh National Woman Lawyers' Association (BNWLA), filed a writ petition with the High Court seeking its directions to prevent sexual harassment of women and children in the workplace and on educational institutions.

On 14 May, 2009, the High Court bench headed by justice Syed Mahmud Hossain issued several directives including forming committee on prevention of sexual harassment to take complaints in all institutions--educational institutions, governmental and non-governmental institutions.

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