Nepal | May 28, 2020

Amendment needed to secure women’s rights: Activists

Himalayan News Service
Share Now:

Kathmandu, March 20

Though the constitution has provided different rights to women, they have not been able to enjoy these rights. Especially, women activists have alleged that the government itself is creating difficulties for women in availing their rights.

During an interaction on women and children in the Civil Code organised by Child workers in Nepal, advocate Meera Dhungana said there are different Acts and laws included in the civil code which directly affects the rights of women. While amending the code, certain issues must be removed or amended so that it will be possible to focus on the welfare of the nation.

“This is a patriarchal country and men occupy a higher position, which has made it difficult for women to rise to positions equal to that of men, if not higher. Women needs lots of confidence to reach higher levels and this can be only possible only with the help of men,” said Dhungana. Only the effort of women won’t enable them to get their rights.

She informed that the code has mentioned that single women, divorced women, and other married women will have to give back their property if they marry another man. “This shows that their right to personal property is conditional. This act must be amended as women too have right to property.”

Similarly, women who divorce or get married to other men have to protect their child till the child reaches the age of five and after that she has to hand over the child to her husband as per the law. “Women who give birth to a child do not have any right to take their child with them as the woman is considered incapable of rearing the baby.  This provision violates the rights of women to conceive a baby of her own will and rear the baby.”

According to advocate Purna Shrestha, more than 81 out of 1,000 adolescent girls have given birth in the country. As per the census data with the Central Bureau of Statics, 75 per cent of women in the country have married before they were 20 years old and 75 per cent women who married during the census period have just reached 20 this year.

She informed that there is no certainty of marriageable age with regard to women in the code. It has mentioned that a women can marry only at the age of 20, while they can marry at the age of 18 if their parents or the girl herself wants to do so. “The act should be amended and should conform with the marriageable age of women.”


A version of this article appears in print on March 21, 2017 of The Himalayan Times.


Follow The Himalayan Times on Twitter and Facebook

Recommended Stories:

More from The Himalayan Times:

US President Donald Trump, Twitter account

Twitter fact-checks Trump tweet for the first time

SAN FRANCISCO: Twitter on Tuesday for the first time prompted readers to check the facts in tweets sent by US President Donald Trump, warning that his claims about mail-in ballots were false and had been debunked by fact checkers. The move marked a dramatic shift for the social network, Trump Read More...

Darchula Nepali stranded

Indecision prevails on managing migrants mulling return to Nepal

KATHMANDU, MAY 26 The government is yet to take any concrete decision on how to manage quarantine and health facilities, accommodation and visa process for those preparing to return to the country from abroad, including those from major labour destinations. Government officials have made frequ Read More...

More PCR tests necessary for accurate diagnosis

Kathmandu, May 26 A woman, who tested positive for coronavirus infection and was undergoing treatment at Tribhuvan University Teaching Hospital, tested negative twice in the rapid diagnostic test. However, she tested positive for the infection in the polymerase chain reaction test in the National Read More...

Home quarantined pregnant woman dies in Saptari

Rajbiraj, May 26 A pregnant woman staying in home quarantine at Simara Chowk of Kanchanrup Municipality, Saptari, died today. Saptari District Hospital said that the woman aged 24 had died at home at around 7:00am today. “The deceased woman’s throat swab sample was collected and sent to BP Read More...

Deuba renews demand for relief package to journos and media houses

Kathmandu, May 26 Nepali Congress President Sher Bahadur Deuba has once again called on the government to announce relief package for journalists and media houses. Issuing a statement on the occasion of the 29th anniversary of Nepal Press Union today, Deuba expressed concern about scores of jo Read More...

Quarantine facility poses risk of virus spread

Bajura, May 26 Quarantine facility at Malika Higher Secondary School in Bajura headquarters, Martadi, is at high risk of COVDI-19. A total of 93 people, who recently returned from India have been kept in the quarantine facility. They came from red-zone in India. But, they have not undergone Read More...

Bring gender-responsive budget: HoR panel

Kathmandu, May 26 The Women and Social Development Committee of the House of Representatives has directed the federal and provincial governments to bring gender-responsible budget for the fiscal 2020-21 in the wake of adverse situation created by the COVID-19 pandemic. Chairperson of the parli Read More...

Govt projects 2.3 per cent economic growth for this fiscal

Per capita income to increase to Rs 126,018 Despite joblessness absolute poverty to decline KATHMANDU, MAY 26 Halt in economic activities as a result of the lockdown that the government has imposed to control the spread of the COVID-19 contagion was expected to hit the country's econom Read More...