Controversial Dress Code

IPH director served with show cause notice

Staff Correspondent

30 October, 2020 12:00 AM printer

The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare on Thursday served a show cause notice on the director of Institute of Public Health (IPH) following a official notice about controversial dress code of its staff members.

Earlier on Wednesday, IPH Director Dr Muhammad Abdur Rahim issued an office order asking the Muslim officials and employees of the institute to follow Islamic dress code and to keep their mobile phones silent or switch it off during office hour.

"This notice is for all officials and employees that it is mandatory to keep mobile phones on silent mode or switch it off. The order is also given to all Muslims men to wear clothes above the ankle and women have to wear clothes under the ankle along with hijab; and the instruction is to adhere to the [Islamic] dress code during the office time," the office order reads.  

The issuance of such controversial notice was highly criticized across the country. It also trigged backlash on social media. The critics are terming it a communal notice which hits the spirit of secular state of Bangladesh.

Amid high criticism, the health ministry and health directorate officials also came down heavily against the office notice.

In a prompt action, the health and family welfare ministry served the show cause notice to the IPH director.

The health ministry asked the director to submit his reply within three days.

However, the IPH director on Thursday withdrew the office notice expressing sorry for his communal office order.