The High Court yesterday issued a rule asking the government to explain in four weeks why it should not be directed to create a separate department for providing shelter and food for the helpless citizens of the country.
In the rule, the court asked the authorities concerned of the government to show causes why they should not be ordered to protect the life and properties of a woman, Sadat Ara Sobhan, 70, who has been reportedly evicted from her Banani residence by her step son and daughter.
In response to a writ petition, the HC ordered the director general of directorate of social welfare to provide Sadat Ara, who is now living in a mess in Green Road area, with social security support and to submit a report after complying with the directive in seven days.
It also asked the chairman of Rajdhani Unnayan Kartripakkha and its director (estate) to take steps so that House No-78 at Block-M on Road No-11 of Banani in Dhaka, which was owned by her (Sadat Ara) husband Dr Sheikh Abdus Sobhan, is not handed over.
The bench of Justice Salma Masud Chowdhury and Justice AKM Zahirul Hoque passed the rule and order following a writ petition filed by Human Rights and Peace for Bangladesh (HRPB) seeking necessary orders.
HRPB's lawyer Manzill Murshid told The Daily Star that Sadat Ara's step son [Dr Sheikh Mahbub Sobhan] and her daughter Shanjida Hossain forced her (Sadat Ara) to leave the residence after her husband died in 2001.
Now, 70-year-old Sadat Ara is reportedly leading deplorable life in a mess in Green Road area in Dhaka, although her husband, who was a renowned doctor, had huge properties, he said.