KATHMANDU, MARCH 27
The Embassy of India in Nepal organised an all women hike in association with Maiti Nepal, on Saturday, to raise awareness for a society free from trafficking and other forms of exploitation against women and children.
The hike was organised at Shivapuri Nagarjun National Park as part of 'Celebrating India@75'.
According to the Embassy, India will be celebrating its 75th anniversary of Independence on August 15, 2022. To mark this milestone, Government of India has planned a series of events under "Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav" that commences this March kicking off a 75-week countdown to August 2022. The Mahotsav will end on August 15, 2023.
The Mahotsav is dedicated to the people of India and also to friends of India who have been associated with India's story of development and prosperity, shared the Embassy.
The Indian Embassy in Kathmandu has appreciated the endeavours of Maiti Nepal for its significant contribution in the rescue, rehabilitation and mainstreaming of victims of women trafficking.
Similarly, the Embassy also expressed its appreciation for the participation by members of Maiti Nepal in its all women hike on the Shivapuri route.
Furthermore, the Indian diplomatic mission also stated that it has decided to earmark 15 Government of India scholarships -- 10 for school-going children and five for university students -- for survivors or their next-of-kin sheltered in Maiti Nepal. The scholarships are meant for Nepali students in Nepal and can be availed in the coming two academic years, prior to August 2023.
In 2017, the Indian government had also honoured Maiti Nepal's Anuradha Koirala with India's prestigious Padma Shree, which is the country's fourth highest civilian award.