Bangladesh court or­ders ‘virgin’ re­moved from mar­riage cer­tifi­cate

Fiji Sun - - Asia News - Dhaka: AFP. AFP

The word “virgin” must be re­moved from Mus­lim mar­riage cer­tifi­cates in Bangladesh, the coun­try’s top court has said, a land­mark ver­dict af­ter cam­pagin­ers chal­lenged the “hu­mil­i­at­ing and dis­crim­i­na­tory” term. Un­der the South Asian coun­try’s Mus­lim mar­riage laws, a bride has to se­lect one of three op­tions on the cer­tifi­cate - whether she is a Ku­mari (virgin), a widow or di­vorced.

In a brief ver­dict, the court or­dered the govern­ment to re­move the term and re­place it with “un­mar­ried”, Deputy At­tor­ney-Gen­eral Amit Talukder told

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