Thursday, January 14th, 2021

Why fingerprints, iris scans should not be made mandatory: HC

Published 10:55 pm | January 14, 2021

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Online desk ; The High Court has issued a rule asking the authorities concerned to explain why they should not be directed to record fingerprints and iris scans of all citizens, including children for their birth registration mandatory.

The registrar general of birth and death registration under the LGRD ministry, LGRD 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 Bhuiyan, founder and executive director of rights organisation Sarda Society, seeking necessary directives on the issue.

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

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.

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