The High Court on Thursday issued a rule seeking explanation as to why a direction should not be given to provide birth certificate to street children . It also wanted to know why not giving birth certificates to the street children should not be declared illegal . The bench of Justice Mozibur Rahman Miah and Justice Khizir Hayat issued the rule after hearing a petition. Women and children affairs secretary, home secretary, registrar of the Office of the Registrar General, Birth and Death Registration have been made the respondents to the rule. Read: HC issues rule on ethics code for news media Respondents have been asked to respond to the rule within the next four weeks. The court also directed the respondents to submit a progress report within three months on the measures taken to provide birth certificate to the street children. Advocate Taposh Kanti Bol and advocate George Chowdhury stood for the petitioner while Deputy Attorney General Bipul Bagmar represented the state. On May 20, the social welfare organisation ‘Sports for Hope and Independence’ filed the writ petition to give birth certificate to street children.
Action for Social Development (ASD), a non-government organisation, has demanded extending relief and protection to mitigate the sufferings of street children.