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HC issues rule seeking blood test before marriage

 Staff Correspondent :: staff-correspondent

 Published: 05:30 PM, 5 November 2018   Updated: 05:30 PM, 5 November 2018

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The High Court issued a rule asking the government to explain why it should not compel the brides and grooms to submit their medical certificates of a blood test to the authorities concerned before marriage registration.

The court also asked the respondents to show cause why it should not be mandatory for the brides and bridegrooms to submit certificates on Thalassemia and addiction tests before marriage.

The HC bench of Justice JBM Hassan and Justice Md Khairul Alam came up with the rule on Monday after hearing a writ petition filed by Advocate Sayada Shahin Ara Laily, a Supreme Court lawyer, seeking its directive upon the respondents to take necessary steps for blood test of the brides and grooms before their marriages in order to examine if they are affected by Thalassemia or addicted.

The cabinet secretary, senior law secretary, senior health secretary, director general of the department of health services, director general of the department of narcotics control and the inspector general of police have been asked to respondent to the rule.

The lawyer submitted the petition as a public interest litigation on July 5.

Citing the petition, Laily’s lawyer Advocate Md Aklas Uddin Bhuiyan told reporters that if Thalassemia-affected persons get married, their children might be disabled.

On the other hand, addiction to drug causes impotency, he said that various divorces take place over impotency caused by drug addiction.