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HC summons two secretaries over ambiguity in children act

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Health Desk: Oct 30, 2017--- The High Court on Sunday summoned two secretaries to appear before it on November 12 for explaining as to why the government did not amend the children act, 2013 despite ambiguity over trying an adult accused under the law.

Secretaries to the legislative and parliamentary affairs division of the law ministry, and the social welfare ministry have been ordered to place explanation on November 12 on the progress of making amendment to the law.

Justice M Enayetur Rahim and Justice Shahidul Karim passed the order during hearing of a rule issued earlier asking the government to explain why a contempt of court rule should not be issued against it for not complying with its previous order.

Meanwhile, the court also rebuked the officials concerned including its superintendent Rafiqul Islam Khan for not sending its earlier summon order to the social welfare secretary on time.

The same bench on October15 had directed the social welfare secretary to appear before it yesterday for his explanation on the progress of amendment of the law. But, the welfare secretary did not appear before the HC yesterday as his office did not get a copy of the HC order.

Barrister Ashikur Rahman, the lawyer for the social welfare secretary, told the HC that his client did not get the order. 

Under the Children Act, 2013, only the Child Court is empowered to hold trial of an offence if a child is a victim or a witness in a case.

However, the law does not specify which court is supposed to hold the trial if an adult is accused in a case under this law.