Remove the word ‘Kumari’ from Kabinnama, HC rules

UNB . Dhaka | Update:

High CourtThe High Court on Sunday asked the authorities concerned to exclude the word 'Kumari' (virgin) from the No 5 column of Kabinnama (marriage document) form and insert 'unmarried' instead of it. 


The HC bench of justice Naima Haider and justice Khizir Ahmed Choudhury passed the order after disposing of a rule in this regard.

The court also asked the authorities concerned to insert married, unmarried or divorced (marital status) in No 4 (ka) subsection of the form in the case of male.

Lawyers ZI Khan Panna and Ainunnahar Siddiqua stood for the writ petitioner while deputy attorney general Amit Talukdar represented the state.

Ainnunahar said the word 'kumari' is a privacy matter and the writ was filed as per the right to privacy.

In September, 2014, the High Court issued a rule asking the government to explain as to why the No 5 column of Kabinnama should not be declared illegal and discriminatory.

It also sought explanation as to why Kabinnama will not be amended excluding the word 'Kumari' and mentioning the marital status of male.

Supreme Court lawyer Belayet Hossain said the word 'Kumari' should not exist in the No 5 column of 'Kabinnama' as it hurts honour and privacy of a person.

Bangladesh Legal Aid and Services Trust, Naripokkho and Bangladesh Mahila Parishad (BMP) on September 7, 2014 filed the writ petition with the High Court.

Secretaries to the public administration ministry, religious affairs ministry and the director general of printing and publications directorate were made respondents to the rule.

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