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Guardianship Battle: HC sends 2 Japanese kids with Bangladeshi parentage to victim support centre

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  • 23rd August, 2021 06:50:36 PM
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Guardianship Battle: HC sends 2 Japanese kids with Bangladeshi parentage to victim support centre

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The High Court has sent two Japanese kids, in troubled situation due to separation between their Bangladeshi father and Japanese mother and a legal battle for guardianship, to victim support centre till August 31.  

A division bench comprising Justice M Enayetur Rahim and Justice Md Mostafizur Rahman passed the order on Monday following a writ petition filed by Japanese mother Nakano Erico seeking custody of her children.

The court allowed the mother to meet them at the support centre from 8am to 2pm every day while father from 3pm to 8pm.

According to the petition, Japanese doctor Nakano Erico, 48, and Bangladeshi-American Sharif Imran, 58, were married on July 11, 2008.

They were blessed with three daughters named Jasmine Malika, 11, Laila Lina, 10, and Sania Hena, 7. They were students of "American School in Japan" in Chofu City. On January 18 this year, Sharif Imran filed for divorce from Erico. On January 21, he appealed to the "American School in Japan" authorities to take his daughter Jasmine Malik away. The school authorities rejected his plea following objection by Erico. Imran picked up Jasmine Malika and Laila Lina from the bus stand and shifted them to a rented house.

On January 25, Imran made a written request to Erico for passports of two daughters, but Erico rejected the request. Rather, she filed a lawsuit with Tokyo Family Court on 28 January to take the two daughters into her custody.

The Japanese court directed Imran to allow Erico meet daughters on February 7, 11, and 14 but he violated the order.

However, on February 9, Imran allegedly collected new passports for daughters on the basis of false information.

On 21 February, he came to Bangladesh via Dubai with Jasmine and Laila. Tokyo Family Court, on May 31, ordered transfer of custody of Jasmine and Laila to their mother.

Erico came to Bangladesh on July 18 but Imran refused to allow her to meet daughters. Later, on July 27, he permitted Erico to meet on two conditions-- to stitch her phone off and to be blindfolded.

On Thursday, the HC imposed a travel ban on Imran and two daughters so that they cannot leave the country.

Criminal Investigation Department (CID) of Police took the two Japanese children into custody on Sunday.

The HC ordered the authorities concerned to produce two daughters before it on August 31. The court directed lawyers of both sides to resolve the issue and decided to pass an order on the day. 

Advocate Fouzia Karim appeared for Imran while Shishir Monir for Erico.