Faced with widespread criticism, the parliamentary body on liberation war affairs ministry has dropped its recommendation to bar female officials from representing the state during freedom fighters’ funerals.
The parliamentary watchdog on Sunday removed its earlier recommendation from the minutes of the June 13 meeting when it was tabled, meeting sources said.
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Talking to media, Shahjahan Khan, chief of the parliamentary body, said the recommendations were approved initially during approval of minutes of the meeting, but that plan has been dropped.
The district or upazila administration honours deceased freedom fighters on behalf of the state following the freedom fighters’ deaths.
According to state honour regulations, government officials such as deputy commissioners (DCs) or upazila nirbahi officers (UNOs) place flowers on the coffin.
Numerous women currently lead administrations as DCs and UNOs in several districts and upazilas.
The parliamentary body on liberation war affairs ministry at its June 13 meeting recommended that in case of there being female UNOs, necessary measures should be taken to find alternative persons to attend the guard of honour for deceased freedom fighters.
A member of the committee had argued that many raised questions about women honouring freedom fighters.
Talking to The Daily Star, Liberation War Affairs Minister AKM Mozemmel Haque recently said they will not entertain the parliamentary watchdog’s recommendation as it goes against the country’s constitution.
Different quarters bitterly criticised the committee’s recommendations claiming that such discrimination contradicts the constitution.
Several MPs, including from ruling Awami League, also joined the chorus of opposition to the proposal, urging Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina to intervene.
Cabinet Secretary Khandker Anwarul Islam recently stated that the government would look into the matter properly.