News Digest – Gender & Social Inclusion (September 02 – 08, 2021)

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9 people arrested for raping a 16 years old girl multiple times. The police arrested all the accused people based on a complaint filed by the girl and the case is under investigation. The girl was also found to be pregnant.

Nurses forced to work for minimum salaries in private hospitals without any security and bonus amid the pandemic as the minimum salary provision never came into implementation.

Kathmandu District Administration Office has decided to resume physical classes from September 17 after closing the schools for nearly six months due to COVID-19. But the parents are reluctant to send their children to schools and experts have also previously warned that the rushed decision of opening the schools may lead to complicated hazards. Many other districts like Gorkha, Doti and Rajbiraj have also decided to open the schools soon.

The Araniko Highway, which was blocked due to floods in the Punyamata River in Banepa due to rains, re-opened. Photo: RSS

A recent survey conducted by UNICEF Nepal shows that around 60% of children are deprived of virtual learning and textbooks are their only source of information. The access towards virtual learning is comparatively high in private schools than the public schools.  Many teachers from rural and remote areas were also found to be conducting the classes through phone as the internet access was beyond the reach of many schools and children.

Six members of a same family were found murdered in the Madi municipality-1 of Sankhuwasabha in and around their home. The only survivor was a 90 year old with hearing and visibility problem was the only survivor of the incident. The Central Investigation Bureau has started the investigation and the bodies have been sent to BP Koirala Institute of Health Sciences for post mortem. Several severe wounds were reported in the heads of the victims. The case is still under investigation and there is no lead about the suspects yet.  The villagers this heinous crime may have an economic motive behind it but the money and jewelries were found safe in their home.

A 19 years old girl becomes the chairperson of Dailekh Municipality -3 in Dailekh. She was elected in the position in the 14th general convention of Nepali Congress.

Many houses and schools at high risk of landslide and flood as the monsoon intensified across the country. The death toll is also increasing in many of the high risk areas.

Crowds gather at the Department of Consular Services for police report despite the online service option. Many have said that the online process is confusing and troublesome.

Dozens of Afghan refugees struggle in Nepal awaiting the resettlement as Taliban takeover have dashed their hope of returning back to their homeland. They were ensured by the brokers that UNHCR will provide necessary support but they haven’t received any meaningful support from the UNHCR.

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