HC asks authorities why recording fingerprints, iris scans of all citizens not mandatory | The Daily Star
03:08 PM, January 14, 2021 / LAST MODIFIED: 03:11 PM, January 14, 2021

HC asks authorities why recording fingerprints, iris scans of all citizens not mandatory

The High Court today issued a rule asking the authorities concerned to explain in four weeks why they should not be directed to mandatorily record fingerprints and iris scans of all citizens, including children during their birth registration.

The registrar general of birth and death registration under the LGRD ministry, its (LGRG ministry) secretary, public safety secretary of the home ministry and inspector general of police have been made respondents to the rule.

The HC bench of Justice JBM Hassan and Justice Md Khairul Alam came up with the rule following a writ petition filed by Arifur Rahman Murad Bhuiayan, founder and executive director of rights organisation Sarda Society, seeking necessary directives on this issue.

He submitted the writ petition to the HC in March last year, saying that recording of fingerprints and iris scans of citizens needs to be made mandatory in order to identify the dead bodies of unidentified people and locate missing people and offenders.

Arifur Rahman Murad Bhuiayan himself placed arguments on his petition while Deputy Attorney General Tushar Kanti Roy represented the state during hearing of the petition today.

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