HC orders parents to provide internet connection and cell phone to their Canadian daughter

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April 11, 2022 12:32:51

The High Court on Sunday ordered the parents of a Bangladeshi-Canadian to give her an internet connection and a mobile phone.

The High Court bench comprising Justice Farah Mahbub and Justice SM Maniruzzaman issued the order after hearing a writ petition challenging the legality of an adult Canadian citizen’s detention by her parents in Dhaka.

Two advocacy organizations, Bangladesh Legal Aid and Services Trust (BLAST) and Ain O Salis Kendra (ASK), filed the petition on April 5.

In the written petition, the rights organizations said the Canadian had been in the custody of her parents for more than 10 months without permission.

After hearing the writ petition, the High Court on April 5 ordered the relevant police officers to present the Canadian citizen in court on April 10. As per the court order, law enforcement officers from Mugda Police Station in the capital brought her to court on Sunday. .

After hearing the parties, the court said the young woman would stay with her parents until the final order is issued on April 12.

The court asked the petitioners to include the Canadian High Commission in the petition as a party.

Attorneys ZI Khan Panna, Sara Hossain, Shahinuzzaman and Aysha Siddqua appeared in court on behalf of the claimants.

According to the petition, a Canadian citizen of Bangladeshi origin arrived in the country on May 28 last year. Since then, her parents have kept her confined to the district of Mugda, in the capital, because they do not want her to return to Canada.

In these circumstances, she requested assistance from the Canadian High Commission through an email stating that she wished to return to Canada. Responding to his appeal, High Commission officials filed a general log with Mugda Police Station on February 9.

Subsequently, the High Commission contacted the advocacy organizations that filed the petition for an injunction with the High Court.

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