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Women cannot become Kazi: HC

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The High Court has released a full text verdict with a directives that women cannot become marriage registrar (Kazi) due to some physical limitations in social and practical situations of the country.

An HC bench of Justice Zubayer Rahman Chowdhury and Kazi Zinat Hoque gave an explanation upholding the decision of the Law Ministry over the issue.

The full text verdict was published on Sunday.

Deputy attorney general SK Saifuzzaman said, “A Muslim marriage registrar has to follow some terms and dictates of Islam as marriage is a religious ceremony. It is not possible for a woman registrar to attend a marriage function at night. She cannot enter the mosque during a certain time of the month. She cannot also say her prayers at that certain period.”

Humayun Kabir, the writ petitioner, said “In the full verdict, the HC observed that women suffer from a physical disqualification during a certain time of the month. Most of the marriages in our country take place at mosques. She (women) cannot enter the mosque at that certain period. She cannot also say her prayers at that time. Considering all these, it is unable for women in the country to perform duty of marriage registrar. Through this verdict, no female persons can be made Nikah register (Kazi).”

Earlier on February 26 last year, the HC bench delivered the verdict after rejecting a writ petition filed by a marriage registrar candidate, Ayesha Siddiqua, from Dinajpur challenging a government decision not to recruit her as a Nikah register.

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