Rule issues to restrict gender detection of unborn babies

Dhaka, Thursday   09 April 2020

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Rule issues to restrict gender detection of unborn babies

 Staff Correspondent daily-bangladesh.com

 Published: 04:11 PM, 3 February 2020   Updated: 06:05 PM, 3 February 2020

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The High Court on Monday issued a rule seeking the authorities’ failure to formulate a policy to restrict the gender detection of unborn babies should not be declared illegal.

At the same time, it has been asked why instructions should not be given in the formulation of a policy to restrict the gender detection of unborn babies.

The High Court bench of Justice M Enayetur Rahim and Justice Md Mostafizur Rahman issued the rule after hearing a writ petition.

Advocate Ishrat Hasan heard the petition on behalf of the writ where she was assisted by a group of women lawyers. Assistant Attorney General MMG Sarwar Payel stood for the state.  

The Health Secretary and all the concerned have been asked to respond to the rule within six weeks.

Earlier on January 26, Advocate Ishrat Hasan filed a writ asking to stop publishing the gender detection of unborn babies.   

On December 1, legal notices were sent to stop publishing gender detection of unborn babies to ensure the safety of pregnant women and unborn children. The notice was sent to the Secretary of Health, Secretary of the Ministry of Women and Children Affairs and Social Welfare Secretary. 

Lawyer Ishrat Hasan said, “Most people in our country still want a male child. Because they think that boys are descendants of the clan, they are more powerful and earn more income. Even many women feel that male childbearing will protect them in the future.”

In this case, if the gender of the unborn child is identified through the examination and it is not desired by the parents, the conscience will affect the physical and mental state of the mother. If the mother suffers from depression, the baby’s brain structure does not develop properly, she added.

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