The High Court here on Monday asked the government to explain why the brides and grooms will not be compelled to submit their blood test reports to the authorities concerned before marriage.
The HC bench of Justice JBM Hassan and Justice Md Khairul Alam came up with the rule after hearing a writ petition filed by Supreme Court lawyer Advocate Sayada Shahin Ara Laily.
The HC also wanted to know why it will not be mandatory for the brides and grooms to submit certificates on Thalassemia and addiction tests before marriage.
In the writ filed as a public interest litigation on July 5, the lawyer sought HC directives upon the respondents to take necessary steps for blood test of the brides and grooms before their marriages in order to examine if they are affected by Thalassemia or addicted to drug.
The cabinet secretary, senior law secretary, senior health secretary, director general of department of health services, director general of department of narcotics control and the inspector general of police have been made respondents to the apex court rule.
After the hearing, Laily’s lawyer Advocate Md Aklas Uddin Bhuiyan told reporters that the writ petition has been filed as Thalassemia-affected persons’ children might be disabled.
Besides, addiction to drug causes impotency and which ultimately causes divorces.