Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has expressed regret for not being able to make former Appellate Judge Nazmun Ara Sultana the Chief Justice. He said, there is regret that Justice Nazmun Ara Sultana could not bring a woman to the post as Chief Justice.
The head of government said this on Saturday at the Begum Rokeya Padak-2023 awarding ceremony at the Osmani Memorial Auditorium.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said that Bangladesh has been able to fulfill the dream of Begum Rocare. He said that Bangladesh has been able to fulfill the expectations of Begum Rocare in the overall progress of women.
The Prime Minister said that Bangladesh ranks seventh in the world in terms of women’s political empowerment. More than 10,000 women leaders are developing in the country.
Sheikh Hasina said that all measures have been taken to advance women including technical education. He said, we have to build ourselves for the future.
The Prime Minister also commented that women cannot be kept behind the veil or out of the workplace in the name of Islam.
The Prime Minister said, ‘Women had many obstacles during Pakistan. At that time women were not given any opportunity in the workplace. After independence, Bangabandhu Mujib gave that opportunity to women. According to the law, women cannot join the judiciary. The father of the nation changed the law. Later I come and make its way more smooth.’
State Minister for Women and Child Affairs Fazilatun Nessa Indira presided over the function. Najma Mobarek, secretary of the ministry, gave a welcome speech.
This time, Begum Rokeya received the medal for her important contribution and glorious role in various fields, including encouraging women’s awakening – Khaleda Ekram, the first female vice-chancellor of Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology in women’s education; Posthumously (Dhaka district), Dr. in the establishment of women’s rights. Halida Hanum Akhtar (Rangpur District); Kamrunnesha Ashraf Dina on socio-economic development of women; Posthumous (Netrakona district), Nishat Majumdar (Laxmipur district) for women empowerment and Ranita Bala (Thakurgaon district) for rural development.
It should be mentioned that on May 28, 2000, Justice Nazmun Ara Sultana was appointed as an additional judge of the High Court Division. As the first woman judge, she was appointed to the High Court Division after two years. Then on February 23, 2011, she took oath as a judge of the Appellate Division as the first woman in the history of the country. Justice Nazmun Ara Sultana retired on July 7, 2017.