Prime Minister Hasina expresses disappointment
Own correspondent, Dhaka, 10 December 2023: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said, "I have one regret, I really wanted to make a woman Chief Justice. But there are so many conservatives in our society, it takes time to break them. That's why I couldn't do it. This regret remained."
She expressed this regret at the Begum Rokeya Padak-2023 ceremony at the capital's Osmani Memorial Auditorium on Saturday morning.
She said, "Women cannot participate in the judicial service, that was the law of Pakistan. After independence, the father of the nation changed all the laws. After this law change, the girls of our country can join the judicial service."
Sheikh Hasina said, "I came to the government and found that there is no woman judge in our high court. Then I took the initiative, I spoke to His Excellency the president, the chief justice, I said to the law minister - if a judge is appointed in the high court, there is no woman judge in it. I will never sign that file, never send it to the President if no name of woman judge is there. That's where the journey begins."
She said, "December is the month of our victory. In 1971, the people of the country responded to the call of our great leader Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and fought. We won."
She also said, "During Begum Rokeya's time, Muslim girls were confined to the house. There was no opportunity for education. But her husband always supported her, her brother supported her. She tried her best to learn Urdu, Bengali, Arabic, English, education. Learned from her husband. Learned literacy and reading from her husband. After her husband's death she also got an inspiration from her brother. Built a school in her husband's name. Even after building the school she had to face many hurdles. Because, The school she started in her husband's name could not teach female students. She used to go outside her house to collect female students. In doing this, there were obstacles and obstacles from many families. She never gave up. We always remember her brave role."
She said, "Bangladesh girls are no longer lagging behind. From sports to politics, women are working successfully in all fields. From journalism to the arts, women are successful everywhere. Now, no one can stop women from employment by talking about Islam."