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Case Number: Writ Petition No. 6373 of 2007
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Case Number: Writ Petition No. 6373 of 2007

Date of filing: 2007/07/19


1. Bangladesh Legal Aid and Service Trust (BLAST);
2. Ain o Salish Kendra (ASK)


1. Secretary, Ministry of Home Affairs

2. Secretary, Ministry of Social Welfare

3. Director General, Department of Social Service

4. Inspector General of Prisons, PS- Lalbag, Dhaka


BLAST, along with Ain o Salish Kendra (ASK), filed a writ petition based on a news item published in the Daily Star on 09.04.2007 challenging the detention of 420 juvenile prisoners alongside adults in different jails around Bangladesh while the three Correctional Homes having accommodation capacity for 700 children had only 200 inmates.


Date: 24/07/2007


The High Court issued a Rule Nisi directing the respondents to take necessary steps to transfer the juveniles held in jails to Juvenile Development Centers and to show cause as to why their detention should not be declared illegal and without any lawful authority.


Mr Justice Syed Mahmud 

Mr Justice Farid Ahmed

Area of law

Safeguards on Arrest,
Freedom from torture,
Children’s Rights


Juveniles in Jail Case

Relevant statute

Constitution, Article 31; The Children Act, 1974 and Rules 1976;

Probation of Offenders Ordinance, 1960 and Rules 1971;

Bengal Jail Code; Convention on the Rights of the Child,1990;

 International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, 1966;

Standard Minimum Rules for the Administration of Juvenile Justice, 1985;

United Nations Guidelines for the Prevention of Juvenile Delinquency, 1900;

Minimum Rules for the Protection of Juveniles Deprived of their Liberty, 1900

Date: 17/07/2008


Application to send the juveniles in jail custody to the Juvenile Development Centres/ children correctional homes was allowed by the Court.


Mr Justice Syed Mahmud 

Mr Justice Farid Ahmed

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