Observing that there are some black provisions in some laws as those were enacted from colonial point of view, Chief Justice SK Sinha on Tuesday said these provisions should be removed.
“Our Evidence Act is good to a great extent. However, we’ve some laws which were formulated upholding the thinking and spirit of colonialism when people’s welfare and betterment had not been taken into account,” he said.
The Chief Justice was speaking at a ceremony marking the unveiling of a book titled ‘Landmark verdicts in repression against women: Bangladesh, India, Pakistan’.Manusher Jonno Foundation arrangedthe programme at the Supreme Court Bar Association auditorium.
Deploring the 155 clause of the Evidence Act, SK Sinha said, “A woman’s chastity is snatched. Even the defence interrogates her about her character. What can be more pathetic than that?”
Calling for raising a demand for amending the clause, he said one of the four options of the clause stipulates: ‘When a man is prosecuted for rape or an attempt to ravish, it may be shown that the prosecutrix was of generally immoral character.’
Citing the incident when a girl died of cardiac arrest at the dock in India after facing such questions, he urged the women leaders to strongly raise the demand for amending the laws.
Supreme Court judges Justice Nazmun Ara Sultana, Justice Syed Mahmud Hossain and Justice Md Imman Ali, Barrister Amir Ul Islam and Barrister Sigma Huda, among others, spoke on the occasion. -UNB
Salahuddin released from hospital in Shillong
BNP leader Salahuddin Ahmed was released from a specialised hospital in Shillong on Tuesday afternoon, but is likely to be produced before an Indian court on intrusion charge on Wednesday.
Shillong Police Superintendent Vivek Syiem told BBC Bangla that doctors of North Eastern Indira Gandhi Regional Institute of Health and Medical Sciences (NEIGRIHMS) discharged Salahuddin as they think his physical condition is now good.
The police official said the BNP leader will be kept in Shillong Sadar Police Station on Tuesday for formal interrogation and then be brought to the court on Wednesday.
BNP joint secretary general Salahuddin Ahmed has been in Meghalaya police custody since his arrest when he was hanging around aimlessly in Golf Links area of Shillong on May 11 after nearly two months of his disappearance.
Meghalaya police arrested the BNP leader and booked under the Foreigners Act as he had no valid papers, identity proof or travel permit.
BNP and Salahuddin’s family members had been claiming that law enforcers picked him up from a house at Uttara on the night of 10 March, an allegation denied by the law enforcers and the government.