The unemployment problem cannot be solved with working men marrying working women, or working women marrying working men, the lawmaker said in support of his proposal
Bangladesh National Parliament burst into laughter on Saturday as independent MP Rezaul Karim Bablu demanded the government enact a law barring working men from marrying working women.
The Bogura-7 lawmaker came up with the 'hilarious' proposal as he thinks it will help resolve the country's unemployment problem.
While participating in the discussion on a proposed law titled "The Delimitation of Constituencies Bill, 2021", Bablu said he thinks the unemployment problem will go if the marriages between working women and working men are barred, triggering laughter in the House.
In reply, Law Minister Anisul Haque turned down his demand calling it unconstitutional.
Bablu said there should be a law in the country so that working men cannot marry working women.
"If this law is enacted, there'll no unemployment problem in the country. If both the husband and the wife remain in services, they have to leave behind their child or children at home alone. This is how many children are abused and tortured by domestic help. If we get a law in this regard, such repressive acts will decline in the country substantially," the independent MP said in support of his contention.
Currently, he said, there are 40,000,000 unemployed people in the country. "But this unemployment problem cannot be solved with working men marrying working women, or working women marrying working men. That's why the unemployed people always remain unemployed in the country."
Reacting to Rezaul Karim's statement, Anisul Haq said: "Sorry, I just cannot move forward, even one or two steps, from my position to entertain such a proposal."
The minister, however, said there is freedom of speech in the country. "So, anyone can say anything. An MP also enjoys such rights. But, as a law minister and a public representative, I cannot say whatever I wish."
Taking part in the discussion on another Bill, Bablu tried to say more in favour of his proposal, but he could not proceed as Speaker Shirin Sharmin Choudhury, who was presiding over the session, requested him to speak specifically on the proposed law -"The Delimitation of Constituencies Bill, 2021".