News Digest – Gender & Social Inclusion (November 19 – 25)

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New ordinance on rape passed: The government passed an ordinance on rape on November 22. According to the Minister of Law, the ordinance was endorsed to have recourse against the powerful people in villages that compel the rape victims to get into a settlement with the perpetrator. The provision in the ordinance states that people involved in forcing the victim for reconciliation will face three years imprisonment and fine up to Rs, 30,000. In case of involvement of police, public servants and court thereof, further six months imprisonment will be added. 

Atrocity against Dalits: Five members of Dalit family were brutally beaten up and their vehicles vandalised by the ward chair and his four nephews in Siraha district on November 14. One of the Dalit members has been injured severely. The investigation is on-going. Police stated that the offenders absconded while the victims were being rescued.

A girl murdered after gang rape: A 17-year-old girl was raped and found hanging from a tree in Kapilvastu district on November 14. The father of the deceased claims that rape was an act of revenge as he disapproved the relationship between one of the perpetrators and the deceased. As per the police, it cannot conclusively declare whether it is murder or suicide. The probe is underway and autopsy report is yet to come.

Three arrested for harassing transgender person: Three people were taken into custody for verbally abusing a transgender and taking her videos without her consent on the street in Bhaktapur. The police have initiated investigation in coordination with the victim. 

Mothers and infants at risk: As per the health officials, majority of the pregnant women in northern and southern areas of Rupendehi prefer non-institutional child delivery and avoid routine check-ups which put women and the new born babies at risk. The awareness programs regarding safe delivery and institutional childbirths need to be brought to make the locals aware.

Street children rescued: The government has effectively rescued and rehabilitated 574 street children. Out of the total, 109 are girls and 465 are boys. The Ministry of Women, Children and Senior Citizens has been carrying out different programs to prevent children from being exposed to streets due to their circumstances. The report submitted by National child rights council suggests that 30 children out of the rescued ones were from various parts of India.

Nepali migrant workers cross borders for work: All the main transit zones in Sudur Paschim province are heavily crowded with people leaving for India for the purpose of employment. The migrant workers left even during the major festivities. The workers had come home during the initial phase of the pandemic hoping for jobs in the homeland. However, due to unemployment issues, they were compelled to leave to the neighbouring country.

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