News Digest – Gender and Social Inclusion (May 6-12)

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A tone deaf statement was issued by three TU professors and former department heads of Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences after a former female employee accused Dr. Dambar Chemjong, the Department head of Humanities of sexual harassment at workplace.

Government delays on addressing the situation of migrant workers affected by the flight suspension.

Officials from Ministry of Labour, Employment and Social security were informed about getting updates from other government bodies like the Foreign Employment Board, which is responsible for the repatriation of workers.

The lives of women and newborns are facing threats due to the alarming shortage of midwives.

The health needs of women and newborns is being overshadowed as midwifery services are being disrupted as they are being deployed to other health services.

Woman from Rautahat’s Gaur village whose father-in- law is a judge, filed complaint at the district police office seeking action against her husband, accusing him of torturing her at the behest of her in-laws. She accused them of domestic violence.

A woman infected from Covid-19 was returned by the hospital without admission due to the concerning shortage of oxygen.

Daily wage workers of brick kilns are hard at work during the peak of pandemic preparing for monsoon seasons.

Journalist Kedar Koirala was sentenced to five years and three months in jail and ordered to pay the compensation of 10 lakhs to the victim by Patan High Court. He was found guilty of raping his domestic help of 12 years by Kathmandu District Court on April 25.

Domestic workers and elderly people are hard hit by the pandemic restrictions as many domestic workers have lost their jobs and the elderly who are dependent on the household helpers are without any help.

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