News Digest: Gender and Social Inclusion (October 28 to November 3)


Human Rights 

The ongoing protest in the Supreme Court has affected the writ of habeas corpus which has violated the fundamental right of the people in detention.  

The Supreme Court Judges, who had been boycotting the benches assigned by Chief Justice Rana have finally agreed to look into the habeas corpus cases after eight days of agitation. 

Overcrowding in the the Juvenile Correctional Institute is having a negative impact on child psychology. According to the Ministry spokesperson Umesh Dhungana, the pressure is increasing due to the untimely decision of the cases in the court.

Family of Khoriya Toli of Kanepokhari Gaonpalika-4 of Morang has performed rituals of their son after 19 years, who went missing during the ten-year people’s war. Family waited for  19 years for their missing son to return despite rumors that he was arrested and disappeared by the Royal Army  due to his involvement with Maoisits in the Civil War. 

Inaugurating the fifth conference of the Press Center Nepal Baglung near the CPN-Maoist Center on Tuesday, Debendra Poudel (Minister for Education, Science and Technology) said that the government is committed to freedom of expression and press freedom. 


Women lawyers are at the forefront of the ongoing protest against Chief Justice Rana. 

Jiramaya Kathayat Roka alias Jamuna, 19, was found dead in her room in Galkot on September 6. Parents and neighbours have come to Baglung from Rukum West, 200 km west in the search of justice,  saying that their daughter was ‘murdered’ within six months of marriage. 

Police are collecting evidence to arrest the accused in the Nirmala Kurmi and Nankunni Dhobi incidents in Banke, after the investigation committee led by Home Ministry Joint Secretary Hiralal Regmi submitted the report to the officials of Prime Minister and Home Minister on 31st October. 

A 15-year-old girl who came to see the fair was raped in Kalpat of Nalgad Municipality-1 of Jajarkot, in the evening of 27 October. 

District Police Office, Banke have arrested a fugitive defendant in a child sexual abuse case. He escaped after serving five months and six days in jail. 

Karan Singh, 50, of Parkhedi in Bhimdatta Municipality-16 has been arrested by police on charge of raping a four-year-old girl. 

Subash Limbu, 24 of Maiwakhola Gaonpalika-5 of Taplejung has been arrested  for swindling a Nepal Army job. 

Biker Thakur Hajam, 20, and Anil Mahato Koiri, 25 from Birgunj have been arrested for attempting to rape a 16-year-old girl. Police claims that they tried to rape her by taking her inside the photo studio on November 26 , while she was on the way to her tuition. 

Zahir Ansari, 38 has been arrested from Birgunj on charge of raping a 19-year-old girl.

Rupasi Thakur Lohar, 55 from Mohatari was beaten and fed excrement by the locals on the charge of practicing witch-craft.

District Police Office, Makwanpur has arrested two Indian nationals along with the drugs Diazepam, Fenargan and Nufin.

Police have arrested four people from different districts of Province No. 1 including a group from Kathmandu, Koteshwar on the charge of being involved in drug trafficking. Among the last arrested are one from Morang and three from Jhapa. According to the police, in recent days, the number of drug and traffickers has increased in the state.

A recent report by Nepal police discloses that, 10 cases of untouchability and discrimination against Dalit women were registered in the state in 2076/77 BS. In 2077/78, only 5 such cases were registered. According to the police, violence against Dalit women ends in reconciliation as a result, there has been decrease in the number of cases.

Social Inclusion

Newly appointed Chief Minister of Province 1 Rajendra Rai has formed a six-member cabinet. Bishnumaya Tumbahamphe of Sanghiya Loktantrik Rastriya Mancha has been appointed as the Minister of State for Social Development.

Rajendra Pandey, chief minister of Bagmati formed a four-member cabinet. Kumari Moktan of CPN (Maoist Centre) has been appointed as the Minister of State for Social Development.

Krishna Gautam, a member of the working group and central member of the National Federation of the Disabled, said that the guideline 2078 on Accessibility for Persons with Disabilities is being prepared and will include senior citizens, women, children, the sick and the disabled.

According to Balram Dulal-Assistant District Census Officer from Kathmandu, the training of enumerators for the main census has started from October 29 across the country.

In order to prevent the recount of Raute Community, the local census office will count  the Raute community at the last minute. Raute community has been living a nomadic life in various forests of Karnali.

The first Surkhet district meeting of the caste system abolition front has been concluded. The meeting held on 30 October in the presence of the secretary of the front Mahavir Bishwakarma has formed the Surkhet district committee of the caste system abolition front Nepal.

The government is in favor of religious and social harmony and condemn social discrimination, said Home Minister Bal Krishna Khand while receiving a memorandum submitted by the Global Omkar Federation at his office in Singha Durbar on 1 November.

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