The High Court on Sunday directed Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC) to remove the personal photos and videos of actress Rafiath Rashid Mithila and director Iftekhar Ahmed Fahmi from online platforms.
The court asked the BTRC to take necessary steps to remove the photos of Stamford University student Rubaiyat Sharmin Rumpa’s dead body.
The bench of Justice M Enayetur Rahim and Justice Md Mustafizur Rahman passed the order after hearing a public interest litigation filed by barrister Tahsina Tasnimin.
The court also issued a rule asking the authorities concerned to explain why the respondent’s failure to control publishing of any person’s information and clear image on online media, news portal and social media would not be declared illegal and beyond legal jurisdiction.
Secretaries to the Home Ministry, Information Ministry, Information and Communication Technology Division and BTRC have been asked to respond to the rule within four weeks.
The petitioner said everyone has a family and social status. News are being published on personal images of celebrities years after years. Personal and obscene photos are being spread on social media.
The writ was filed on November 28 to stop these practices.
A couple of photos and doctored bits of video clips of Mithila and Fahmi went viral on social networking media platforms last month.
The body of Rumpa, 22, a second-year English student of Siddheswari branch of the private university, was recovered from an alley of the area on Wednesday night.
The photos of Rumpa’s dead body were also spread on social media.
The Appellate Division of the Supreme Court on Sunday upheld a High Court order staying the proceedings of a case against actress Quazi Nawshaba Ahmed under the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Act.
A five-member Appellate Division bench, led by Chief Justice Syed Mahmud Hossain, passed he order rejecting a petition filed by the state challenging the HC order.
On November 20, the High Court stayed the case proceedings.
The bench of Justice Md Rezaul Haque and Justice Bhishmadev Chakrabortty passed the order after hearing an appeal seeking cancellation of the charge-framing in the case.
Members of Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) detained the actress from Uttara area in the capital on August 4, 2018 for ‘spreading rumours’ on Facebook overstating an attack on protesting students during the road safety movement last year.
In a Facebook live, Nawshaba claimed that the attackers killed two students and gouged out the eyes of another at Jigatala intersection.
In her post, she also requested people to get united, take to the streets to ‘protect’ the students as they were attacked by Bangladesh Chhatra League activists.
The High Court on Thursday said people outside close relatives can donate body organs, including kidney, to patients emotionally but not for commercial purpose.
It also asked the Directorate General of Health Services and Health and Family Welfare Ministry to amend the law within six months to this end.
The HC bench of Justice Moyeenul Islam Chowdhury and Justice Khandaker Diliruzzaman came up with the verdict after disposing of a rule issued earlier following a writ petition.
Barrister Rashna Imam stood for the writ petitioner while Advocate ZI Khan Panna represented Ain O Salish Kendra and Deputy Attorney General Saifuddin Khaled moved for the state.
The court, however, prohibited the organ trade and directed for forming a certifying body at every hospital to scrutinise whether emotional donation is followed while donating organs, including kidney.
On November 21, the HC fixed December 5 for delivering its judgment after hearing the rule that sought explanation as to why three sections of the Organ Donation Act 1999 should not be declared illegal.
The rule was issued on August 24, 2017 after hearing a writ petition filed by Fatema Johora.
In 2015, Johora donated a kidney to her ailing daughter Fahmida but still her kidney was nonfunctional.
Although the donor was ready, legal complications barred her daughter from getting a fresh kidney.