Plea seeking legality of marrying Rohingya girl rejected by Bangladesh High Court
A Bangladesh High Court rejected a writ petition which sought protection from harassment for his son, who had married a Rohingya girl, and was at risk of being arrested. Additionally, the Court imposed exemplary costs upon him for wasting judicial time and resources. According to a governmental notification issued in 2014, marriages between Bangladeshis and Rohingya persons are legally invalid, and can be punished under the Foreigners Act, 1946. This development comes in the wake of large scale migration of Rohingya refugees from Myanmar to Bangladesh, who do not have access to basic necessities like food supplies. In this context, a large number of Rohingya families have married young girls into Bangladeshi households to gain access to such necessities, and social welfare benefits available to such households, such as food rations.