Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has urged the higher court judges to write verdicts in Bangla so that justice-seekers can easily understand them without the assistance of lawyers.
“If those who work in courts practise the writing of verdicts in Bangla, less-educated people like us can at least get the scope to understand the judgments going through those,” the premier said on Thursday while inaugurating a four-day programme taken by the International Mother Language Institute (IMLI), marking the Amar Ekushey, the Language Martyrs’ Day and International Mother Language Day.
The theme of this year’s International Mother Language Day was ‘Indigenous languages matter for development, peace building and reconciliation’.
“They (justice-seekers) fall victims to harassment in many cases if they cannot understand it,” she said.
“They (judges) can translate the verdicts into English after writing those in Bangla,” PM Hasina said.
She also said even if anyone wants to write the verdict in English, he or she can do that. “But there’ll be a condition that the verdict will have to be published and circulated in Bangla.”
Education Minister Dr Dipu Moni presided over the function, while noted Indian thinker Prof Ganesh N Devy, who also Chairman of the People’s Linguistic Survey of India, presented the keynote paper.
Deputy Minister for Education Mohibul Hasan Chowdhury, Secondary and Higher Education Division Senior Secretary Md Sohorab Hossain, UN Resident Coordinator in Bangladesh Mia Seppo and IMLI Director General Prof Jinnat Imtiaz Ali spoke at the inaugural ceremony held at the institute.