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Case Number: Writ Petition No. 15237 of 2019
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Case Number: Writ Petition No. 15237 of 2019

Date of filing: 2019/12/30


1. Bangladesh Legal Aid and Services Trust (BLAST)
2. Naripokkho


1. Secretary, Ministry of Public Administration
2. Secretary, Ministry of Commerce
3. Secretary, Finance Division, Ministry of Finance
4. Deputy Governor, Human Resources Department-1
5. General Manager, Human Resources Department-1


BLAST along with the co-petitioner Naripokkho filed the PIL being aggrieved by the inclusion of a gender- discriminatory and arbitrary clause in the job circular of Bangladesh Bank for the post of Assistant Director (General). There was a mandatory requirement to provide husband’s residential address of the female married applicants as their permanent address. 
The petition was filed to take appropriate action for eliminating this gender based discrimination, in particular discrimination based on marital status, and ensure equal opportunities for women  to seek public employment.


Date: 31/12/2019


After hearing the Hon’ble High Court Division issued rule upon the respondents to show cause as to why they should not be directed to delete clause No. 14 from the impugned circular and take immediate effective initiatives to ensure that a policy to address gender based discrimination is adopted within the Bangladesh Bank.


Mr. Justice J.B.M. Hassan
Mr. Justice Md. Khairul Alam

Area of law

Discrimination (sex),


Elimination of Gender based
Discrimination in Service Secto

Relevant statute

a) Articles 102, 28, 29 and 31 of the Constitution of Bangladesh

b) Rule 9(8) of  the Bangladesh Civil Service (Age, Qualification and Examination for Direct Recruitment) Rules 2014

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