Tuesday, 2 November 2010

HC asks DCs, IGP to prevent stalking of women

UNB, Dhaka
The High Court on November 2 asked the Deputy
Commissioners to remain on high alert about the incidents of stalking
of women and directed the Inspector General of Police (IGP) to take
steps to prevent such crimes.

Passing a series of interim directives upon a Public Interest
Litigation (PIL) writ petition, an HC division bench issued a rule
asking the government to explain why a direction should not be given
to frame guidelines or policy or enact a proper law to address the
issue of eve teasing to protect the rights of women and girls in the

The rule is made returnable in four weeks, said the court order.

In the backdrop of the persistent incidents of stalking of women
across the country, Bangladesh National Women Lawyers Association
(BNWLA) filed the PIL writ petition with the bench of Justice M Imman
Ali and Justice Obaidul Hasan.

In its directives, the HC bench also asked the Law Secretary to
consult with other high officials, ministries concerned and civil
society representatives including the rights groups for formulating
guidelines and a proper policy to address the problem.

Besides, the HC asked the government to submit a report about the
consultation process within a month.

The court fixed December 6 for further hearing on the burning issue.

Advocate Fahima Nasrin Munni appeared for the PIL petitioner.

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