HIMALAYAN NEWS SERVICE
KATHMANDU: Political leaders today showed solidarity with a 60-day campaign against the superstition that leads to allegation of witchcraft and eventual victimisation of women.
A press statement issued by National Alliance of Women Human Rights Defenders (NAWHRD) said Nepali women fall victim to accusations of witchcraft and are tortured though the accusations are based on a false notion. The campaign was launched on April 11.
UML leader Pradip Gyawali said society is becoming brutal every day and as a result many innocent women become victims. He said his party is committed to raising voice against such superstition.
Nepali congress leader Arjun Narshing KC said the government should deal with the issue immediately. He urged strict punishment for perpetrators.
Mohna Ansari , member of National Women’s Commission (NWC) said allegations of witchcraft are on the rise as the government has failed to pass a law that deals with the issue. NWC had submitted a draft of the bill two years ago to the Ministry of Women, Children and Social Welfare for approval.