Dhaka - Bangladesh's top court has ruled that women need no longer declare if they are virgins on marriage certificates after a five-year legal battle by women's rights groups trying to protect women's privacy and potential humiliation.
Marriage laws in the Muslim-majority country in South Asia had required a bride had to state on her marriage certificate if she was a "kumari" - meaning virgin - a widow, or divorced.
But the nation's High Court on Sunday ordered the government to remove the word "kumari" and replace it with "unmarried", a move welcomed on Tuesday but women's rights groups.
According to the ruling, the groom would now also have to disclose if he was unmarried, divorced or a widower.
No one from the government was available to comment about the change or when it was to take effect.