A legal notice has been sent to the concerned people seeking cancellation of the provision that no married student can stay in the hall of Dhaka University (DU).
The legal notice was sent to the Vice-Chancellor, Registrar, Proctor and Provost of Kuwait-Maitri, Samsunnahar and Sufia Kamal Hall.
Advocate Mohammad Shishir Monir, a Supreme Court lawyer and a former student of DU’s law department, sent the notice on Wednesday (December 22nd).
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.
Recently, a policy has been published regarding the distribution of seats in five halls of Dhaka University students. According to this policy, pregnant students cannot stay in the hall. The students of five student halls have raised questions about this rule. They also demanded the repeal of the rules.
A section of the policy states that if a student gets married, they should immediately inform the authorities. Otherwise his seat will be canceled due to violation of rules. Only in special cases, the married student will be given the opportunity to study in the current session. Cannot stay if pregnant student.
The five halls for the students of Dhaka University are Rokeya Hall, Shamsun Nahar Hall, Poet Sufia Kamal Hall, Bangamata Sheikh Fazilatunnesa Mujib Hall and Bangladesh-Kuwait Friendship Hall. Being married recently created a complication with the seats of two students of Shamsun Nahar Hall and Bangladesh-Kuwait Friendship Hall. In that context, the students went to the Vice-Chancellor with an application to cancel the rule in the case of married students.