HIMALAYAN NEWS SERVICE
KATHMANDU: In a landmark verdict on Thursday, the Supreme Court has ruled that wives hold the right to file a rape case against their husbands and they (husbands) are liable to be punished for the act just as in any other rape case. The Nepali Country Code-1963 defines acts like having sexual relationship with a minor girl, widow or housewife with or without her consent or forceful copulation with any of these over 16 years as rape. Lawyer Meera Kumari Dhungana had filed a writ petition urging that the definition of rape discriminated against women and gave men an opportunity to sexually exploit the weaker sex. The petitioner insisted the law was against the spirit of the Convention on Elimination of all forms of Discrimination-1979, the Convention on Civil and Political rights and also the Constitution. The court’s order bestows on wives the unchallenged right to drag their husbands to the court in case of physical exploitation. A husband convicted on this count will get the same punishment as in other rape cases.The law on rape says that any woman killing the offender within an hour of being raped will be immune to the judiciary system. “Overridden by anger and humiliation, if the woman kills the person by weapons, sticks or stones, she will not be charged for her crime,” it says.
Justice vital for peace, says minister
KATHMANDU: Failure at impartial enforcement of social justice identifying the root causes is what a number of speakers at a programme noted as the major stumbling blocks to the swift development. It’s time to adopt a strong measure against the worst forms of inhumane practices like racism, racial discrimination, untouchability, and inequity on the ground of caste, gender, colour, and occupation, said Rishikesh Gautam, minister without portfolio at an interactive programme on - Social Justice for Peace organised by Jagaran Media Centre (JMC). Referring the state’s chronological discriminatory policies and plans towards Dalits, advisor of JMC, Binod Pahadi stated: “It could be one of the reasons beyond the present havoc in the country.” “There could be a reactive and revolutionary movement, if the concerned authorities still ignored the voices of underprivileged communities,” warned he, while presenting a paper on the occasion. Noting the existing constitutional and legal framework adequate to bring up the backward classes into the mainstream, Pahadi argued, “the main thing remains with effective implementation.” Padam Singh Biswokarma, president of National Dalit Commission emphasised at stronger actions rather than words and attitudinal changes to uplift socioeconomic situation of backward classes.