Married female students of Dhaka University (DU) can stay in its residential halls as the university authorities have decided to withdraw the restriction on their stay in its five female dormitories.
The Provost Standing Committee took the decision at a meeting on Wednesday evening.
“The restriction on stay of married female students in DU residential halls have been lifted,” he said.
However, in the case of pregnant students, we believe that they should be with their families at a certain stage to ensure the safe health of the child and mother, he added.
The DU authorities imposed the restriction on the stay of pregnant and married female students in its residential halls.
The restriction was withdrawn in the wake of massive protests from female students.
Meanwhile, a legal notice was served on the DU authorities on Wednesday, demanding withdrawal of the restriction.
The notice stated that the provision is discriminatory against women and also contrary to the country’s Constitution.
It also said that married and pregnant female students will be deprived of obtaining higher education through enjoying hall facilities if the restriction remains in force.
The lawyer also said he will take further legal action if the DU authorities fail to address the issue.
Earlier, representatives of female students staying in five halls submitted a five-point memorandum to the VC, demanding cancellation of the restriction.
The other demands include treating the female students as adult citizens and changing the terms “local guardian” to “emergency contact” in related documents; and ending all sorts of harassment by teachers and staff of the dorms.
The students also demanded that the provision to allow non-residential students to enter the halls be reinstated as long as their academic activities continue, and that they be allowed to stay in case of emergency.