Gender and Social Inclusion (February 09 to 15, 2019)


Gender and Social Inclusion (February 09 to 15, 2019)

February 9, 2019 Saturday

Two youths arrested on charge of raping teenager in Chitwan

Police in Chitwan on Friday arrested two youths on the charge of raping a 13-year-old girl. Ganga Chaudhary (30) and Ajaya Kumar (22), both residents of Kolhi Municipality in Bara were arrested for luring the girl with money and then raping her in Bachhyauli of Ratnanagar Municipality-7.

Police recover unidentified girl’s body from Hanumante Bridge in Thimi

Police have recovered a worm-eaten body of an unidentified girl from Hanumante Bridge connecting Madhyapur Thimi and Bhaktapur Municipality on Saturday. According to Superintendent of Police Himalaya Kumar Shrestha, the deceased’s body hinted that she died a few days earlier and her body was swept by the river. The girl’s face is in unrecognisable state as it has been preyed by dogs and corpse worms, Shrestha added.

Myanmar emerging as a transit hub for trafficking Nepali girls

Many of them said they had little idea about their final destination, but knew they would pass through the newly found “safest” transit point’s en-route: Myanmar and Dubai. Before that each would have to get down to the north-eastern Indian state of Manipur. A select few made it to Manipur’s capital of Imphal by air, while the vast majority travelled several hours by land, at the end of several weeks of wait in Delhi.

Palpa sees 122 cases of divorce in 6 months

The District Court Palpa has registered 122 divorce cases in the first six months of the current fiscal year. Among those seeking divorce were 87 women and 35 men. Even though the data puts the number of women seeking divorce at a high rate, it also shows that more men have been filing for divorce than in the past. Mainly those men who are employed in foreign nations have been increasingly filing for divorce, citing extra marital affairs of their wives and misappropriation of money that sent home.

Child marriage still in practice in the Chepang community

Thirteen-year-old Sunita Chepang, a sixth-grade student of Suryodaya Secondary School in Sarikhet Palase of Raksirang Rural Municipality in Makwanpur district, quit school after she got married to Madan Chepang, a local Chepang man. In the Chepang community, the wedding season usually starts from mid-November up to mid-March and this is the window when schools see significant rise in the drop-out numbers among Chepang children.

Entertainment industry employing minors

Though child labor is banned in the country, children continue to be employed in informal/entertainment sector. A recent study conducted by Chhori Organisation on the entertainment industry in Kathmandu Metropolitan City ward No 32, showed that 21 per cent of workers had not attained 18 years of age. The study was conducted at Kathmandu Metropolitan City ward No 32-based dance bars, restaurants and eateries, massage parlors, spas and guest houses. According to International Labour Organisation, it is estimated that 1.2 million children are trafficked every year around the world. Of them, 43 per cent are trafficked for sex trade, 32 per cent for involuntary servitude and 25 per cent for both purposes.

February 10, 2019 Sunday

Maternal mortality reduction target hard to meet for Nepal: Officials

Nepal’s commitment to reducing, and limiting, maternal mortality to 125 per 100,000 births by 2020 is impossible, according to officials who stress the need for postnatal care. The division’s recent data show that for every 100,000 births, 229 women die during or after childbirth. Nepal had previously reduced the maternal mortality rate from 539 in 1996 to 239 in 2016—for which the country received the Millennium Development Goal award.

Panauti to provide allowances to divorced and single women

In its effort to facilitate numerous women living difficult lives owing to unfortunate reasons, Panauti Municipality has introduced a special package of social allowance for such persons. Unmarried women below 35 years of age, divorcees or whose husbands have disappeared since more than 15 years have been included in the list of beneficiaries. “As per the existing provisions, divorced and unmarried women become eligible for allowances only after they reach 60 years. However, there was no provision for allowances for the women whose husbands have disappeared since long,” said Bhim Neupane, mayor of the municipality, adding, “The attempt is to make these women feel the existence of the local government.”

February 11, 2019 Monday

Women Minister insists on enforcement of laws to end VAW

Minister for Women, Children and Senior Citizens, Tham Maya Thapa has underlined the need of implementing the existing laws and acts against women violence and making the people aware of the issue to build a safer place for women. In her address to a preparation meeting in view of the 109 International Women Day ( March 8) at the Ministry today, the minister highlighted the need of combined efforts to fight against growing cases of women violence in the country.

Rape-accused ward chair surrenders in Nawalpur

Tanahun’s Ghiring Rural Municipality ward No 4 Chair Jhaka Bahadur Kumal, who faces a 10-month-old rape charge, surrendered at Nawalpur District Police Office, today. A rape case was filed against Kumal at DPO Nawalpur on 13 May 2018. After the case was registered, police had expedited a search operation to catch Kumal. He had been hiding in Kathmandu, Pokhara and Chitwan.

February 12, 2019 Tuesday

A Dalit settlement awaits land ownership for over four decades

It has been around 47 years since Lal Bahadur Nepali of Narayan Municipality-1, Ratimate, has been making rounds of various government authorities and the houses of political leaders seeking an ownership certificate of his land but to no avail. Despite decades of futile efforts, he and his family still have a ray of hope that they will one day be able to live freely in their land without the fear of being kicked out. Sixteen Dalit households of Ratimate do not have the ownership certificate for their land. During each election, political leaders and representatives assure to solve their problem but they hardly show up after being elected.

Paroha Municipality gifts bicycles to more than 150 girls

Paroha Municipality of Rautahat has started a campaign to gift bicycles to girls studying in various community schools. After the completion of primary education, students here are forced to reach far-away villages to continue their education. The long and sometimes difficult routes to the schools compel many parents to stop sending their daughters to schools. Therefore, to make sure that no girl will have to quit their school at young age, the municipality introduced this campaign.

Hidden voices

This comes regarding your article (‘Two more teachers at Lalitpur madhyamik vidhyalaya accused of sexual abuse by former student’, Page 1, February 5, 2019). First and foremost, I would like to thank the Post for covering stories with such importance. Having studied in the same school for a decade, let’s be honest: It’s not easy subject to talk about! Most of us are uncomfortable about sexual abuse. But this conversation is so important.

Govt urged not to reduce reservation quota for disabled

Nepal (NFDN) has expressed serious dissatisfaction over a proposal of the government to reduce reservation quota for disabled people in the government jobs. Issuing a press statement on Tuesday, the NFDN said the government had decided to reduce the reservation quota to 3 percent from existing 5 percent without consulting the stakeholders. The government has made the proposal in the Federal Civil Service Bill, which is under consideration in parliament.

Badi community threatens protest

The Badi community has threatened to launch protest against the government if the latter fails to implement the agreement signed with National Badi Rights Struggle Committee on 1 September 2007. Issuing a 15-day ultimatum to the government, National Badi Rights Struggle Committee has urged the government not to dissolve ‘Badi Community Upliftment Committee’. The government in 2007 had formed the committee to ensure permanent shelter and employment opportunity to the Badis.

Dangerous respect

When we instill in children an unquestionable respect for adults, we render them powerless.

February 13, 2019 Wednesday

Six teenagers escape detention center

Six children escaped from the government-run Child Reform Home in Rupandehi due to negligence on the part of security personnel last night. All the boys are below 17 years of age. The detention centre home had a lot of 72 inmates living in three rooms. Those doing time at the centre face various charges including rape, drug abuse, theft and murder. Two children, who escaped the centre, were set be freed on Wednesday. “It looks like a premeditated plan”, said the centre’s Chief Subhadra Gautam.

Probe committee asks Lalitpur Madhyamik Vidhyalaya to summon its principal from the United States

The committee investigating the sexual abuse of students by teachers at Lalitpur Madhyamik Vidhyalaya has asked the school to recall its principal Madhav Sitaula from the United States. During a meeting on Monday, the committee formed under Lalitpur Metropolitan City Ward 5 Chairman Bikash Shrestha asked the school to summon the principal, according to a report in Kantipur Daily. The group also directed the school to install CCTV cameras in classrooms and make arrangements for counselling services to students.

Ram Bahadur Bomjon case: What’s going on with its investigation?

Ram Bahadur Bomjon, the controversial ascetic also known as the ‘Buddha Boy’, made headlines for weeks last month as four families from Makwanpur, Bara and Nuwakot reported their loved ones went missing from Bomjon’s camp. Following the complaint, police on January 4 raided Bomjon’s camp in Sindhupalchok. According to sources, DSP Bimal Raj Kandel, who led the raid, reported of suspected activities in the camp. According to police, the people reported missing in the camp are: Sanchalal Waiba, Suresh Alemagar, Phul Maya Rumba and Chini Maya Tamang. Investigators believed that Sanchalal may have been murdered in the camp.

February 14, 2019 Thursday

Conflict victims of Guranse struggle to overcome trauma

Pokhar Raj Kunwar of Guranse in Chhatreshwori Rural Municipality-1, Salyan, lost his father during the Maoist insurgency. A few days ago, Kunwar was tilling his farmland where he found six bullet shells. Finding these bullet shells in his farmland took him back to the Maoist insurgency era. Today, the government has declared Guranse as a model settlement and initiated various development works; however, it will take more than that for the people to wholeheartedly move on from the traumas inflicted in the past. They have been demanding the government to provide long-term livelihood programmes, employment, and free education for the victims’ children, free health services, and skill and professional training in order to lead a normal life.

Nepali researcher wins 2019 OWSD-Elsevier Foundation Award

Nepali researcher Tista Prasai Joshi has been named one of the winners of the 2019 OWSD-Elsevier Foundation Award for her work in biological sciences. A statement issued by the Organization for Women in Science for the Developing World (OSWD)-Elsevier Foundation Awards stated Joshi of Nepal Academy of Science and Technology won the award for her research in developing novel metal oxide adsorbents to remove harmful organic and inorganic arsenic compounds efficiently from water.

Save, educate daughter campaign kicks off

Save Daughter, Educate Daughter campaign, a drive that envisions encouraging parents to send girls to school, has taken off from Saptari today. Province 2 Chief Minister Lalbabu Raut inaugurated the campaign by providing bicycles to 70 girls amidst a programme in Balan Bihul Rural Municipality today. Balan Bihul is known as one of the most remote local bodies in the district.

February 15, 2019 Friday

Free distribution of disability aids hit by fund crunch

The office of National Disabled Fund in Kathmandu is visited by 10 to 15 disabled persons daily who are in need of disability aids. Only few of them get the items of their need, such as prosthetic limbs, crutches and wheelchairs. The NDF, which is run by the Social Welfare Council, lacks funds and resources to address the need of the handicapped persons who visit its office requesting for disability aids.

Tharu women are taking role of community chief in Kailali

Tharu women have started to take the role of community chief, also known as Badghars or Bhalmansa, in some villages of Kailali district. The position was exclusively held by men in the past. A Badghar is an elected representative of the Tharu community whose primary duty is to look after the management of the community. Badghar Sita Chaudhary of Jonapur in Godavari Municipality-8 said female Badghars were far fewer than their male counterparts, because women were still limited to household work and men do not see them as natural leaders. Women Badghars are also working closely with their local units on various social issues and infrastructure development projects.

Many children in Tarai districts of Province 5 are still out of school

Many children in Tarai districts of Province 5 are still out of school. Most of these children come from impoverished background, mainly from Muslim and Madhesi communities. The dropout rate among the children from these two communities is also high. Banke, which has a considerable size Muslim population, has a high number of out-of-school children. As per the government data, about 13,000 children in the district are out of school— the chief reason why Banke has still not been declared a fully literate district.  The Banke District Education Development and Coordination Unit in Banke has pegged the district’s literacy rate at 90 percent, but the government officials doubt the data’s veracity.

No politics for women

Our five-part, five-week APEX Series ‘Women in politics’ has made it clear that although Nepal has come a long way on inclu­sion of women in state institutions since the 2006 change, a lot remains to be done. Proportionally, Nepal has more women in the national legislature than any other country in Asia. Yet that is not saying much in itself. Moreover, the political parties didn’t do it voluntarily. The Election Commission had to force them to ensure at least 33 percent women representation in the legislature. Constitutionally, all four of our national parties—the Nepal Commu­nist Party, the Nepali Congress, the Federal Socialist Forum Nepal and the Rastriya Janata Party Nepal—are illegitimate in that they have failed to ensure the constitutionally-man­dated minimum 33 percent repre­sentation of women in party struc­tures. For instance, in the 441-mem­ber central committee of the ruling NCP, there are only 75 women (17 percent), and in the 84-member cen­tral working committee of the NC, there are 17 women (20.24 percent).

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