December 16 is our Victory Day and the whole nation is looking forward to observing this year’s Victory Day amidst all these blockade and violence. The national flag is an indispensable part of the celebration of our national days. We have also seen many people cheering in cricket and other sports with our national flag held in their hands, sometimes draped around their heads. Many people also fly the national flag in their houses and vehicles.
Are all these uses of our national flag lawful? Many of us may be surprised to know that we have a law regarding the use of our national flag. It’s called The People’s Republic of Bangladesh Flag Rules, 1972. The law provides detail guidelines relating to the size and color of the national flag, occasions when one can fly the national flag and use of flag in buildings, residences and vehicles, etc.Our national flag
The national flag of Bangladesh consists of a red disc on a green field offset slightly towards the hoist so that it appears centered when the flag is flying. The red disc represents the sun rising over Bangladesh, and also the blood of those who sacrificed their lives for independence of Bangladesh. The green field stands for the lushness of the lands of Bangladesh.
Size and colour
According to the Flag Rules, the national flag will be bottle green and rectangular in size, in the proportion of length to width 10:6 bearing a red circle on the body of the green. The red circle will have a radius of one-fifth of the length of the flag. Its centre will be placed on the intersecting point of the perpendicular drawn from the nine-twentieth part of the length of the flag and the horizontal line drawn through the middle of its width.
1 Colour of the flag
a) The green base of the flag will be of Procion Brilliant Green H-2RS 50 parts per 1,000.
b) The red circular part will be of Procion Brilliant Orange H-2RS 60 parts per 1,000.
2 Size of the flag for building
a) 10ft × 6ft
b) 5ft ×3ft
c) 2.5ft × 1.5ft
(Depending on the size of the building)
3 Size of the flag for cars
a) 15in × 9in (For big cars)
b) 10in × 6in (For small and medium size cars)Occasion on which the national flag is to be flown
On the following days and occasions national flag shall be flown on public and private buildings throughout Bangladesh and the office premises of Bangladesh diplomatic missions and consular posts:
a) Birthday of the Holy Prophet (Eid-e-Milad-un-Nabi)
b) Independence Day on the March 26.
c) Victory Day on the December 16.
d) Any other day as may be notified by the government.
The flag shall be flown half-mast
a) Shaheed Day on February 21 and
b) All other days as may be notified by the government
Use of the national flag on government buildings, official residence, motor cars, etc
The national flag shall be flown on all working days on important government buildings and offices, eg the President House, legislative assembly buildings, all ministries and the secretariat buildings of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh, offices of the High Court, courts of district and session judges, offices of the commissioners of divisions, deputy commissioner/collectors, chairman, Upazila Parishad, central and district jails, Police Stations, Custom Posts, primary, secondary and higher secondary level educational institutions and such other buildings as may be notified by the government from time to time.The following persons shall be entitled to fly the national flag on motor vehicles and vessels:
a) The Speaker of Parliament
b) The Chief Justice of Bangladesh
c) Cabinet Ministers
d) Chief Whip
e) Deputy Speaker of Parliament
f) The Leader of the Opposition in Parliament
g) Persons accorded status of a Cabinet Minister
h) Heads of Diplomatic/Consular Missions of Bangladesh in foreign countries
(The national flag shall be flown only when the dignitary concerned is in the car or vessels)
We got our national flag at the cost of the blood of the greatest sons of our soil. So, we should abid by the law when it comes to the use of our national flag. Beside the legal issues it is our sacred duty to respect our national flag. We should follow the rules regarding time, place, and manner of flying our national flag.
Written by: Mohammad Mozadded Hassan Adnan. He has an LLM from Faculty of Law, University of Dhaka. He can be reached at email@example.com