Supreme Court lawyers on Thursday bade farewell to Bangladesh first female judge Nazmun Ara Sultana, as she retires as an Appellate Division judge today.
Justice Nazmun Ara Sultana was also the country’s first female district judge and the first female judge of the High Court Division.
She had joined the judiciary as a Munsif in 1975.
She had the distinction to be Bangladesh’s first female Munsif and got the job through competitive examination held by the Public Service Commission in 1974, when the coveted area was opened to women.
On her last working day, Justice Nazmun Ara Sultana was accorded a warm goodbye at the packed court room of the Chief Justice.
The farewell service took place after the seven judge
bench of the apex court rose for the day.
It was the last apex court hearing she attended with her colleagues Chief Justice SK Sinha, Justice Md Abdul Wahhab Miah, Justice Syed Mahmud Hossain, Justice Muhammad Imman Ali, Justice Hasan Foez Siddique and Justice Mirza Hussain Haider.
As the proceeding of the apex court came to a close, attorney general Mahbubey Alam led the felicitations followed by Supreme Court Bar Association president Zainul Abedin.
At 11.55 AM, 80 minutes ahead of the usual schedule the Chief Justice declared that the day’s proceedings was over.
In his felicitations, the attorney general recalled the glorious career of Justice Nazmun Ara Sultana as the country’s first female judge.
Retirement, said the attorney general brought Justice Nazmun Ara Sultana’s 42-year distinguished career as a judge to an end.
SCBA president Zainul also paid tribute to Justice Nazmun Ara as a good judge though her controversial verdict as a High Court Division judge she facilitated eviction of former prime minister and BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia from her cantonment residence.
In her valedictory speech, Justice Nazmun Ara said she had been a Supreme Court judge for 17 years and served subordinate courts as a judge for 25 years.
She said that as a judge she always tried to be unbiased and not deliver verdicts under extraneous influence.
Justice Nazmun Ara said that had she failed as the first female judge of the country, today Bangladesh would not have 400 women judges.
She said as the first female judge she faced plenty of hostile behaviour and attitude which evaporated due to her efficiency and fairness.
She said that the doubts her postings as the first female judge had created was replaced by litigants accepting her as a more skilled judge compared to male compatriots.
She said she took the initiative to form Bangladesh Women Judges’ Association with her female colleagues 27 years ago to bring the problems facing women judges to the authorities’ notice.
She said that women judges across the world treat Bangladesh Women Judges’ Association as an important forum for the judges in Bangladesh.
She said that that she was one of the signatories of the International Association of Women Judges and attended as an invited guest of the extended meeting of the Association of Women Judges of the United States which took the decision to form the International Association of Women Judges.
Born in 1950 in Moulavibazar, Justice Nazmun Ara was enrolled as an advocate of the Mymensingh District Bar in July 1972.
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