HC asks edn institutions to follow laws

Staff Correspondent

15 March, 2021 12:00 AM printer

The High Court (HC) on Sunday directed all educational institutions including madrasa to conduct academic activities following constitution and relevant laws of the country.

It also said Education Ministry; Directorate of Education and education boards can take appropriate legal action, if the laws and constitution are violated by any institutions.

The HC bench comprising Justice FRM Nazmul Ahsan and Justice Shahed Nuruddin passed the order after reviewing the reports submitted by the local administration on the child abuse case in Hathazari.

The High Court bench also said incidents of physical, mental and even sexual torture are taking place in madrasas across the country.

“Court has already given directions in this regard. Madrasa authorities have to be alert so that these directions are implemented appropriately,” it said.

It also said the academic activities of the eight-year-old student of Markazul Islami Academy Hafezia Madrasa, who was beaten up by madrasa teacher Maulana Yahya, cannot be stopped in any manner.

Earlier on the day, the DC and SP submitted two separate reports to the High Court, saying that the authorities concerned of Markazul Islami Academy Hafezia Madrasa have been cautioned so that incidents like beating up students do not happen in future.

Necessary legal steps have been taken against Maulana Yahya while a case was filed against him and he has been arrested and now in jail in connection with the case, they said.

Earlier, the HC bench on Thursday wanted to know what legal action was taken against madrasa teacher Maulana Yahya for beating up the student mercilessly.

The court asked the government authorities concerned to submit a report to it by Sunday, detailing the action taken against Maulana Yahya.

The HC bench came up with the suo moto (voluntary) order after Deputy Attorney General Abdullah Al Mahmud Bashar placed some newspaper reports on the incident before the bench.

Video footage showing the child being beaten by Yahya has gone viral on social media.