HC issues rule on allotting train compartment to women

11 March, 2021 12:00 AM printer

The High Court (HC) on Wednesday issued a rule, asking authorities concerned to explain in four weeks as to why the court shall not pass order to allot a particular carriage in each train for women passengers, reports BSS.

The rule also wanted to know why order shall not be passed to allot carriage in each train for children, disabled and elderly people.

A High Court virtual bench comprising Justice Farah Mahbub and Justice SM Maniruzzaman passed the order, asking officials concerned including Railways Secretary, Home Secretary and Dhaka Deputy Commissioner to reply the rule within next four weeks.            

The court came up with the order after holding hearing on a writ filed in this regard.

Supreme Court lawyer Mamtaj Pervin filed the writ on January 14 seeking

High Court’s direction for implementing sections 64 and 119 of The Railways Act, 1890, allotting a carriage on each train for women.

According to section 64 of the act, “the railway administration shall, in every train carrying passengers, reserve for the exclusive use of females one compartments at least of the lowest class of carriage forming part of the train. One such compartment so reserved shall, if the train is to run for a distance exceeding fifty miles, be provided with a closet.”

Lawyer Md Ajmal Hossain moved the plea before the court, while Deputy

Attorney General Samarendra Nath Biswas argued for the state.