IPH director show-caused for issuing Muslim dress code
Published : Thursday, 29 October, 2020 at 7:19 PM Count : 232
The Health Services Division under the Ministry of Health and family Welfare issued a show-cause notice to Institute of Public Health (IPH) Director Dr Muhammad Abdur Rahim on Thursday regarding his Wednesday's order for his office's Muslim employees.
He was also asked to reply to the show-cause notice within three working days.
The show-cause notice was signed by Sharmin Jahan Akter of the Health Services Division.
IPH Director Dr Muhammad Abdur Rahim issued an order on Wednesday asking Muslim employees to follow Islamic dress code and switch off their mobile phones during the office hours.
He issued the order making it mandatory for its Muslim employees to follow the Islamic dress code, and for all the employees to keep their mobile phones switched off or silent during the office hours.
The order asked male officials and staffers to wear trousers over their ankles, and female employees to wear clothes covering their ankles and also wearing hijab.
When asked why he authorized such a direction, Dr Abdur Rahim said that he did so out of his religious commitment.
"I have just made the order for my office employees. This is a Muslim country. If such a dress code is maintained in my office and country, it will make me happy," he said. However, the IPH director admitted that the government did not direct him to issue such a notice.
"The government did not direct me to issue this notice. I issued the notice for my colleagues so that they follow (religious) rules and regulations. I want them to be disciplined and peaceful," he argued.
He defended his decision saying: "I'm a government officer. Hence, I'll run my office as I see fit."