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HC orders to remove word ‘Kumari’ from Kabinnama

 Staff Correspondent  daily-bangladesh.com

 Published: 03:09 PM, 25 August 2019   Updated: 04:07 PM, 25 August 2019

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The High Court on Sunday ordered to use the word “unmarried” in place of “Kumari” before the name of the bride in Kabinnama, the Muslim marriage deed.

The court said the words - unmarried, widower or divorced - have to be mentioned before the name of the bridegroom in the Kabinnama.

The High Court directed the government to amend the form of Kabinnama excluding the word “Kumari” in front of the bride’s name and including the word “unmarried, widower or divorced” before the name of the groom.

The High Court bench of Justice Naima Haider and Justice Khijir Ahmed Chowdhury delivered the verdict following a writ petition filed by Bangladesh Legal Aid and Services Trust.

In 2014, the organisation has filed the writ petition with the High Court challenging the legality of number five-column of Kabinnama form which included the word “Kumari, Widower and Divorced” before the name of the bride.

In the petition, the BLAST said the provision of column five of Kabinnama is contradictory to the right to privacy and is also discriminatory.

Following the writ petition, the High Court in the same year issued a rule asking the government to explain why the provision of column five of the Kabinnama form should not be declared illegal.

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