2 Japanese children will stay with parents for 15 days for now...

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2 Japanese children will stay with parents for 15 days for now: HC

 Staff Correspondent daily-bangladesh.com

 Published: 06:54 PM, 31 August 2021  

Three daughters with their parents Sharif Imran and Nakano Erico; Photo: Collected

Three daughters with their parents Sharif Imran and Nakano Erico; Photo: Collected

Jasmine Malika and Laila Lina, two Japanese children, will stay in a house in Gulshan with their parents for 15 days. The court will give the next order after 15 days. The Dhaka Deputy Director of the Department of Social Services will oversee the matter.

The court passed the order today after seeking the views of the two children and their parents. The Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) has been asked to ensure their safety while they are at their Gulshan house.

The High Court bench of Justice M Enayetur Rahim and Justice Md. Mostafizur Rahman passed the order on Tuesday.

Earlier, the High Court had held private talks for about half an hour with the children - Jasmine Malika and Laila Lina - whether they wanted to be with their father or mother.  

Nakano Erico, 48, a Japanese doctor, filed a writ petition in the High Court on August 19 seeking directions to produce the two children in court. Nakano Erico wants instructions to take the girls into her custody.

On that day, the High Court banned two Japanese children and their father Sharif Imran from leaving the country for a month. The court also ordered to produce the two children in court on August 31 with father and aunt. The OCs of Gulshan and Adabar police stations in the capital were asked to implement the directive.

On August 22, the 10 and 11-year-old girls were taken into custody by the Criminal Investigation Department (CID). The matter was brought to the notice of the High Court on the morning of August 23 by their father’s lawyer Fawzia Karim.

The court directed to keep the two children in a better environment at the Victim Support Center in Tejgaon till August 31. During this, Nakano Erico was allowed to spend time with her children every day from 8 am to 1 pm and Sharif Imran was allowed from 3 pm to 8 pm.

At the same time, the court asked the lawyers of both parties to play a role in resolving the issue. However, the two sides could not come to an agreement even after holding several meetings in the presence of lawyers till last Monday night.

Nakano Erico, a Japanese doctor, and Bangladeshi-American citizen Sharif Imran, 58, got married in 2008 under Japanese law. The couple has three daughters — Jasmine Malika, 11, Laila Lina, 10, and Sania Hena, 7. All three were students at the American School in Japan in Chofu city, Tokyo.

The couple got divorced on 18 January 2021. On January 21, Imran appealed to the American School in Japan to take his daughter Jasmine Malika under his custody, however, the school authorities rejected Imran’s request as Erico did not agree to the terms.

Sharif Imran, through his lawyer, appealed to Erico on January 25 to hand over the daughters’ passports. But Erico rejected the request and filed a lawsuit with Tokyo’s Family Court on January 28 seeking an order to take daughters into her custody.

The court ordered Erico to meet with her daughters on February 7, 11 and 14.

However, Imran broke the court order and gave the woman only one chance to meet with two daughters.

On February 9, Imran made new passports for his daughters based on false information and moved to Bangladesh via Dubai with Jasmine Malika and Laila Lina on February 21. 

Meanwhile, on May 31, Tokyo’s Family Court ordered to hand over Jasmine Malika and Laila Lina to the custody of their mother, Erico, however, as the two daughters are currently in Bangladesh, Erico consulted with a Bangladeshi human rights activist and lawyer. 

Then on July 17, Erico came to Bangladesh via Sri Lanka to meet her daughters, however, she was given the opportunity on July 27 blindfolded.