Act to curb domestic violence soon

Kathmandu, July 24:

The Parliament is soon expected to approve the Bill that aims to control domestic violence.

According to the Ministry of Women, Children and Social Welfare, the Bill has been tabled in the Parliament.

Joint-secretary at the ministry Rituraj Bhandari said the Bill had been prepared after revision by the Ministry of Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs and after taking permission from the Cabinet.

According to him, the Bill has comprehensively defined the term domestic violence. CA member and advocate Sapana Pradhan Malla said the Bill had a number of shortcomings. The state has not been able to make provisions for free accommodation and medical treatment for women victims of domestic violence, she said. She said the criminal justice system was only focused on controlling crime, but not on delivering justice to victims. Meanwhile, women rights activists have been staging a relay hunger strike in Maitighar for 12 days. They have been demanding the formation of a commission to investigate cases of violence against women.