HC for cell to monitor women, child repression cases

DHAKA- The High Court (HC) has ordered Supreme Court Registrar General to form a cell to monitor and ensure the fact that the cases lodged under Women and Children Repression Prevention Act get disposed of within stipulated time.

A High Court division bench comprising Justice M Enayetur Rahim and Justice JBM Hassan came up with the order today.

"With execution of this judgment, the cases under Women and Child Repression Prevention Act will now be disposed of quickly," said Lawyer Cumar Debul Dey.

There is a provision to dispose of such cases within six months. But if a court fails to do so, the judge of the court has to send a report within a month to Supreme Court mentioning the reasons behind his failure in disposing of the cases within the stipulated time.

The public prosecutor concerned and investigation officer also have to send similar reports to the Supreme Court. But the apex court has observed that the concerned trial courts, public prosecutors and investigation officers are not complying with the provisions.

According to the High Court order, Supreme Court Registrar General himself can become the head of this monitoring cell, if he fails to do that for some reasons, he can make High Court Registrar the chief of this cell.

As per the order, the monitoring cell will scrutinise the reports sent by Women and Children Repression Prevention Tribunal judges, public prosecutors and investigation officers and submit a report to the Supreme Court committee regarding subordinate courts. Acting on that report, the committee then will take actions against the people who are responsible for failure in disposing of the case within time fixed.

Secretaries to law and home ministries or their representatives have been asked to be the members of this monitoring cell. But the ranks of those representatives shall not be under additional secretary level.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)