Draft law aims to protect rights of children

Kathmandu, August 23

A bill related to children, which was registered in the Parliament Secretariat recently, states that parents, institutions or organisations, who violate the rights of children will be liable to a fine of Rs 50,000.

According to section 1 and 2 of the bill, each child shall have the right to birth registration and identity with family name.

As per existing law, children have the right to birth registration in the name of father and mother. Children born from rape can get birth certificate in the name of mother.   If the mother and father are not available, the family that protects the child can provide their family name to the child.

Likewise, Section 9 of the bill provisions a fine of Rs 100,000 for parents, family and protector who tries to hide the real identity of children with the motive of making unlawful gains. If anyone forces children to get involved in forced labour,  they will be imposed a fine ranging from Rs 5,000 to 50,000 and jail sentence.