News Digest – Gender & Social Inclusion (December 24 – December 30, 2020)

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Life struggles

Man held for incestuous rape: A woman filed a case against her brother on December 8, 2020, at Palpa District Court for continuously raping her for 7 years. The traumatic experience of getting raped from her brother caused her mental illness as well.

Surging rape cases in Illam: In the last four years Illam district has experienced massive surge in the rape cases. 90 rape cases were recorded in the span of four years as per the Informal Sector Service Centre. The year 2017 recorded highest number (32 cases) of rape cases. Further, other crimes against women such as domestic violence, girls trafficking, child marriage is also on the rise.

South Korea opens door for Nepali migrant Workers: South Korean Government’s Migrant Worker Quota Determination Committee has decided to recruit 52,000 workers from 16 different countries, including Nepal. The quota in 2021 is reduced than that of last year. However, the workers will be employed in sectors like production, agriculture, fisheries, construction and service sectors.

Migrant workers departing to India for work: Political instability resulting in unstable economy and rising poverty has once again forced migrant workers to cross borders to earn their living.  Within a span of December 16 to 21, more than 200.000 people have gone to India. Many have lost hope for employment in the country due to the recent political scenario.

New land rules for Dalit squatters: Government has amended land rules ensuring landless Dalit squatters’ land for agricultural or residential purpose. Such an individual will get land up to 130 square meters inside Kathmandu valley for residence. Likewise, for agricultural purposes, one is entitled to land up to 20,000 square meters in Terai and 3000 square meters in hilly and mountain area.

MoFAGA orders to accelerate steps against child labour: The Ministry of Federal affairs and General Administration ordered local levels to execute ‘Procedure for Declaration of Local Levels as Child Labour Free Zone-2020’on December 23. As per the circular issued, the objective of the procedure is to make local levels free form different forms of child labour. The long term goal is to make Nepal child labour free country.

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