Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina today requested the judges to deliver the verdicts of lawsuits in Bangla taking into consideration the poor knowledge of most of the litigants in the foreign language.
“Because of poor knowledge in English, most of the litigants need to depend on their lawyers to understand the verdict. The litigants have no scope to know about the essence of the judgment and in many cases, they are harassed for this reason,” she said.
“So, it’s crucial to publish the court judgment in Bangla,” she said, adding the judges may write verdict in English, but there should have a provision of publishing it in Bangla.
The premier was inaugurating a four-day programme of the International Mother Language Institute at Shegunbagicha here this afternoon on the occasion of the Amar Ekushey and the International Mother Language Day 2019 .
“Language of the judgment should also be simple avoiding any Roman style to make people understand it easily. It’s better to deliver the judgment in Bangla and translate it into English,” she said.
Describing Bangla as one of the scientific languages in the world, the premier said: “But, we are not so much careful to learn Bangla as we are serious to learn English. That’s why Bangla appears to be difficult to many people.”
The prime minister said pundits have evolved standard colloquial where pronunciation, spelling and uses of style are fixed and unchanged. “But, we observe with regret that we are not learning these rules with care,” she said.
Sheikh Hasina said though difference of opinion with regard to spelling and pronunciation among the pundits sometimes creates ambiguity, but that issue is not so big.
“Everybody should think how the foundation of language learning of the children gets strong,” she said.
Education Minister Dr Dipu Moni, Deputy Minister for Education Barrister Mohibul Haque Chowdhury Nowfel, Resident Representative of UNDP in Bangladesh Mia Seppo and Education Secretary Sohrab Hossain spoke, among others, on the occasion.
Noted Indian thinker and chair of People’s Linguistic Survey Ganesh N. Devy presented the keynote speech, while Director General of the International Mother Language Institute Professor Dr. Jinnat Imtiaz Ali gave the welcome address.