Dhaka, July 13 (UNB) – Hindu community groups here on Saturday opposed the demand raised by some rights groups to reform their family law and urged the government to refrain from doing so.
“We’ll launch a strong protest programme if the government reforms the law,” Dr JK Pal, convener of Hindu Paribarik Ain Poribartan Protirodh Committee (HPAPPC), told a press conference at the Jatiya Press Club.
Leaders and activists of more than 20 Hindu groups took part in the press conference.
Pal said the issue will be resolved with the help of religious scriptures and urged the government not to table any bill in this regard in Parliament.
Pal said some Hindu women want to create unrest in the guise of rights activism, and he called them ‘selfish’ and ‘ignorant’ who know nothing about the situation in villages.
Last month, rights activists said Hindu women in Bangladesh are deprived of their legitimate rights to property due to the existing ‘discriminatory’ law.
They urged the government to enact a unified family law to establish the rights of women, irrespective of religion, caste, and creed.
In a statement, the HPAPPC accused Bangladesh Mahila Parishad and several other NGOs of conspiring to destroy the Hindu family system.
“Any change to the law will be contrary to the scriptures and tantamount to destroying the community,” the HPAPPC said in a statement. “The Hindu community cannot accept it.”
HPAPPC Joint Convener Advocate Narayan Chandra Das said Hindus are minority in Bangladesh.
“The Awami League will lose their (Hindus’) votes if it reforms the law,” he said.
Dhaka, Jul 11 (UNB) – The Appellate Division on Thursday concluded hearing on an appeal seeking review on ‘life term means until death’ and kept it in CAV (curia advisari vult, which means reserving the verdict for a later time).
A seven-member bench, led by Chief Justice (CJ) Syed Mahmud Hossain, passed the order in the morning.
Attorney General Mahbubey Alam stood for the state while Advocate Khandakar Mahbub Hossain represented the petitioner.
Besides, senior lawyer Rokanuddin Mahmud, AF Hassan Arif, Abdur Razzak Khan, and AM Amin Uddin expressed their opinion regarding the matter as they were appointed as Amirus Curiae (legal opinion provider in court) over the matter.
On October 15, 2003, lower court sentenced two siblings - Ataur Mridha alias Ataur and Anowar Hossain – to death in a murder case. Later, the High Court also upheld their death sentence on October 30, 2007.
On February 14, 2017, the Appellate Division commuted their death sentence to life term imprisonment when the convicts challenged the High Court verdict.
Meanwhile, the Appellate Division expressed seven-point opinion stating that ‘Life term imprisonment means sentence until death’.
Later, Amirus Curiae was appointed to hear the opinion of senior advocates over the matter when review appeal was filed by the convicts.
Normally as per the Bangladeshi law convicted offenders of life term imprisonment has to serve in jail for 30 years.
Dhaka, July 10 (UNB) – The Appellate Division will deliver it verdict on the appeal filed challenging the death sentence of Jamaat leader ATM Azharul Islam for war crimes.
A four member bench led by Chief Justice Syed Mahmud Hossain passed the order after closing the law-point arguments from both sides.
Earlier, the Appellate Division on June 18 started hearing the appeal filed by war criminal ATM Azharul Islam challenging his death sentence.
The International Crimes Tribunal-1 sentenced Jamaat-e-Islami’s Assistant Secretary General Islam to death on December 30, 2014, for crimes against humanity committed in Rangpur during the Liberation War.
He was found guilty of five of the six charges brought against him. Islam moved the top court on January 28 the next year.