The High Court yesterday observed that the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) is not discharging its legal responsibilities over the incident of barbaric torture on domestic help Khadija, 12, by her employer in the capital's Mirpur area in 2010.
NHRC has sent letters one after another to the home ministry for taking necessary action in connection with the incident, but the commission has not approached the court for any redress, which is a violation of the law, the HC said.
The bench of Justice Sheikh Hassan Arif and Justice Razik-Al-Jalil came up with the observation during the hearing of a writ petition filed by rights organisation Children Charity Bangladesh Foundation seeking necessary order on NHRC.
The HC also asked the inquiry committee formed by the home ministry to submit the probe report on the case to the court by April 18.
It also fixed April 18 for further hearing on this issue, petitioner's lawyer Barrister Md Abdul Halim told The Daily Star.
He said Khadija was brutally tortured by her employer Shafiul Azam at Paikpara area in Mirpur in 2010.
The Children Charity Bangladesh Foundation had applied to NHRC for appropriate legal action against the perpetrator, but the commission has not taken any action other than sending letters to the home ministry and passing orders, the lawyer said.