Min Tamang 'sorry' over sexist remarks on female MBBS students in Bangladesh

KATHMANDU: Minister for Law, Justice, and Parliamentary Affairs, Sher Bahadur Tamang has apologised for his sexist remark on Nepali girls pursuing MBBS degree in Bangladesh.

Issuing a press statement today, Minister Tamang has said that media reports over his comments have drawn his attention.

"I apologise to female students pursuing the medical education and MBBS degree holders for the pain inflicted by that remark," the statement reads, "I was, in essence of that remark, opining that if we facilitate teaching all required medical subjects here as an alternative to studying abroad then Nepali girls would not have to endure such a situation in a foreign land."

During a felicitation programme of SEE graduates at Chabhil-based Praxis Int'l Academy, Minister Tamang had said that most of the Nepali female students have to sell themselves to obtain MBBS degree in Bangladesh.

Moreover, in his statement, the NCP leader has claimed that more than 2000 Nepali girls are pursuing medical education in Bangladesh and he through his remark had tried to unfold their bitter stories. According to Tamang,   few Nepali female students in Bangladesh have committed suicides in the past while others have reported cases of abuse.

"I want to assure you all that I am fully committed to safeguarding women's self-esteem and creating a violence-free society, and protection of women's honour," Minister Tamang committed.