News Digest – Gender & Social Inclusion September 24 – 30



Monsoon induced disaster toll nears 450: A total of 440 people have been killed and more than 100 missing with 745 people injured due to the monsoon induced disaster across the nation. The Ministry of Home Affairs has said that the damage is expected to increase as the monsoon is still active.

Bagmati Pradesh to go for women and children friendly and disable friendly infrastructures: Any new projects undertaken by the Bagmati state would be friendly for women, children and disabled people. All the new infrastructures developed from now onwards will have facilities for women, children and disabled people. Rameshwor Phuyal, minister for physical infrastructure in Bagmati Pradesh pledged that public roads and transportation infrastructure would be made disability friendly.

More than 80,000 migrant workers return due to COVID-19 pandemic: Amid the Coronavirus pandemic, more than 80,000 migrant workers have returned till date from the destination countries. This number is only of the returnees via air. According to CMCC, the returnees are from 32 different countries, with the highest number from UAE and the lowest from Sri Lanka.

The body of 12-year-old Bajhang rape and murder victim lies unclaimed: The family members of a 12-year-old girl, raped and murdered in Bajhang on September 23, have refused to claim the body, demanding justice to the perpetrator. Police have arrested a 20-year-old man on the charge of raping and killing the minor. Police are investigating the case but the arrestee is yet to accept his crime. However, due to the lack of freezer to hold bodies in the district hospital, where post mortem was performed, the body of the girl has started to decay.

Harsher fines and jail terms for acid attack perpetrators: The president has approved an ordinance to amend six laws to impose a jail term of 20 years and a fine of Rs one million on a person who mutilates someone using acid and flammable substances. The ordinance was presented to the President by the Council of Ministers.

Proposed citizenship laws make UN Rapporteurs unhappy: In an 8-page letter to the government of Nepal, three UN appointed rapporteurs expressed their concerns over some discriminatory provisions proposed in the citizenship bill. The proposed law seemed discriminatory against women, trans and gender diverse people and does not comply with international human rights norms standards, they said.

Hundreds of migrant workers’ bodies repatriated: The Foreign Employment Board said that bodies of 492 migrant workers stuck in destination countries have been brought back home after the resumption of repatriation flights. Similarly, 167 workers were cremated in the destination countries after the consent of their families. In the wake of COVID-19, bodies of hundreds of migrant workers could not be brought home.

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