HIMALAYAN NEWS SERVICE
KATHMANDU: The Supreme Court today directed the government authorities to form a taskforce to study the ‘baikanya’ custom in the Tarai region and bring suitable reforms in the existing law to control the unusual practice.
A division bench of justices Kalyan Shrestha and Bharat Bahadur Karki issued the directive order to the government authorities — the Office of the Prime Minister and Council of Ministers, the Ministry of Law and Justice and the Secretariat of the Legislature-Parliament — to do necessary homework in this regard.
The bench also told the authorities to bring suitable reform in the existing laws because women have been victimized in various ways due to the bad practice.
Under the custom, the petitioner claimed that the girl child has been forced to marry at a minor age but have been facing difficulties when their husbands later reject them on ground that they did not bring dowry from their maternal homes, thus victimising the girls.
Citing discrimination and viticimisation in the name of the practice, a Public Interest Litigation was filed by Pro Public demanding apex court intervention.