News Digest – Gender & Social Inclusion (February 25 – March 3, 2021)

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Rape case in Gorkha: A rape case has been instituted against a man for holding a 14-year-old girl hostage and raping her in Gorkha. The perpetrator was arrested on February 27. Similarly, another 13-year-old girl was continuously being raped by an 87-year-old man in Gandaki Rural Municipality. The police has arrested the rapist and further investigation is being conducted.

Child marriage in Parsa: A 19-year-old boy and his father are in police custody for committing the crime of child marriage in Parsa on February 26. Police have not disclosed any personal information of the culprits, and further investigation is ongoing.

Menstrual hygiene campaign in Achham: The initiative of distributing sanitary pads in Mangalsen, Achham, has boosted confidence in girls to regularly attend schools even during menstruation. In the fiscal year of 2019-2020, the municipality began to allocate budget for menstrual hygiene in community schools. Moreover, there are child clubs in every community schools to aware the girls about reproductive health and menstrual sanitation. The girls are also aware of Chhaupadi as a social evil through such child clubs.

Migrant workers facing hard time in Qatar:  Over 6,500 migrant workers have died from South Asian countries, particularly from Nepal, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, India and Pakistan since Qatar announced the hosting of football World Cup 2022. Since December 2010, average death of migrant workers is estimated to be 12 per week. The main reason of the deaths is the intensive construction projects including, roads, airports, hotels, transport systems and so on.

Two detained for women trafficking: Two men and a woman are in the police custody on the charge of human trafficking. The alleged perpetrators persuaded a mother-daughter duo to go to Turkey by promising them jobs. The victims were charged with Rs 10,000 as a fee, for which they sold a plot of land. The victims were taken to Turkey where the daughter was sold and the mother was held hostage. However, both of them are rescued after the case got instituted at the anti-Human Trafficking Bureau. The daughter was rescued on November 23, 2020, and mother was rescued on January 10.

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