Ministry report on dance restaurants soon

Kathmandu, June 29:

The Ministry of Women, Children and Social Welfare (MoWCSW) is all set to submit a study report titled ‘Identification of problems of women working in cabins, dance restaurants and massage parlours and their solution’ to the Supreme Court on July 1.

The MoWCSW has come up with the report following the Supreme Court’s verdict made to identify problems of women working in cabin, dance restaurants and massage parlours and come up with a solution.

The ministry formed a sub-committee on January 19 to study the existing legal prospects of the cabins and dance restaurants. The team included representatives Ministry of Industry, Commerce and Supplies, Ministry of Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs, Ministry of Home, Ministry of Labour and Transport Management, Department of Small and Cottage Industries, Metropolitan Police Crime Division, NGOs - WOREC, Rahat, Maiti Nepal and Nepal Restaurant Entrepreneurs’ Association.

The report also pointed out the need to bring the restaurants under one legal framework so that they can be regularly monitored, evaluated and checked to ascertain whether they are sticking to the terms and conditions set by the government.

At present, the restaurants in Kathmandu are registered under different Acts namely; Industrial Act, Local Governance Act, Tourism Act and some of them operate seeking permission from the Department of Inland Revenue.

The report suggested to guarantee the rights of workers as the fundamental rights guaranteed in the Constitution and international conventions.