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Bangladeshi father gets guardianship of 2 Japanese kids

HC allows Japanese mother to spend 10 days with them every 3 months

  • Staff Correspondent
  • 22 November, 2021 12:00 AM
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Bangladeshi father gets guardianship of 2 Japanese kids
Sharif Imran along with his two daughters.

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Disposing of a legal battle between a Bangladeshi-Japanese divorced couple over the guardianship of their children, the High Court has allowed the father to keep his two Japanese daughters with him.

An HC bench of Justice M Enayetur Rahim and Justice Md Mostafizur Rahman passed the order on Sunday following a petition filed by Nakano Erico, the Japanese mother of the two children, seeking their guardianship.

However, the High Court allowed Erico to stay with her children for 10 days every three months at the cost of her former husband.

Sharif Imran, the father of the children, will have to bear the cost of Erico’s travel from and to Japan, the HC said.

The mother will shoulder the cost for staying with the children for more than 10 days as set by the court.

The High Court directed Imran to pay Tk 10 lakh to his former wife Erico that she has already spent for staying in Dhaka for the past few months and running the case.

Meanwhile, the social welfare official concerned has been asked to submit a report to the court on the updates of the kids every three months. The court will detail conditions and observations in its full verdict to be released later.

According to the petition, Japanese physician Erico, 48, and Bangladeshi-American Imran, 58, got married on July 11, 2008.

They were blessed with three daughters -- Jasmine Malika, 11, Laila Lina, 10, and Sania Hena, 7. The children were students of ‘The American School in Japan’ in Chofu city.

On January 18 this year, Sharif Imran filed for divorce from Nakano Erico. On January 21, he appealed to the school authorities to take his daughter Jasmine Malika away.