The provision that ‘married’ and ‘pregnant’ students cannot stay in the dormitory hall of Dhaka University has finally been repealed.
The decision was taken at a meeting of the provost standing committee on Wednesday (December 22) evening, committee chairman Prof Abdul Bachir confirmed to media.
At the end of the meeting, he said, “The rule of staying in the halls of married and pregnant students will no longer exist. However, in the case of pregnant students, it has been said that it is important to stay in the family environment so that the health of the child and the mother is not endangered.
Regarding the remaining demands of the students, Professor Abdul Bashir said, “Two demands of the students were discussed in the meeting. Both the local guardian and the contact person will be writing about the communication. Because many students give their friends phone numbers instead of parents. Several people have also been arrested.
Meanwhile, Supreme Court lawyer and former student of DU law department Advocate Mohammad Shishir Monir sent a legal notice to the concerned people on Wednesday (December 22) seeking repeal of the provision that no married student can stay in the hall of Dhaka University (DU).
According to the notice, the decision of the DU administration has caused serious dissatisfaction and unrest among the students. Moreover, that decision is discriminatory and unconstitutional. Within three days of receiving this notice, it has been requested to take necessary steps to cancel the discriminatory decision against women. Otherwise, the matter will be referred to the High Court, the notice said.
It is learned that recently there were complications with the seats of two married students at Shamsun Nahar Hall and Bangladesh-Kuwait Friendship Hall. Since then, students in five student halls have been protesting.
Earlier on Friday (December 18), the representatives of the student hall of Dhaka University (DU) held a press conference demanding the lifting of the ban on married students. They made a four-point demand to the University Journalists’ Association.
At the press conference, Sheikh Tasnim Afroz Emi, former vice-president of Shamsunnahar Hall Parliament, read out a written statement on behalf of the students of the five halls. Also present on the occasion were Mishma, former general secretary of Bangladesh-Kuwait Friendship Hall Parliament, Sharmin, former general secretary of Sufia Kamal Hall Parliament, Arpita, former reading room secretary of Sufia Kamal Hall Parliament and others.
In a written statement, Emmy said, is it a crime to be married? There is no justification for the restriction of living with married status.
If a student sees whether she is married or unmarried then why the seat will be allotted, where she gets seat according to merit. The right of all students admitted to Dhaka University to get a seat.