Nepal | October 19, 2019

OAG braces up for protecting victims

Himalayan News Service

Kathmandu, August 11

The Office of the Attorney General plans to make protection of victims and witnesses, and continuous hearing in cases involving women and children more effective. Making public its 29-point programmes for this fiscal that began in mid-July, Attorney General Agni Kharel said his office planned to make government attorneys pro-victims.

The office has been running campaigns named ‘Hello Witness’ and ‘Continuous Hearing’ for over two years now. Kharel said the programmes had helped encourage witnesses to attend the court, while ensuring speedy justice delivery.

“We will make the programmes more effective this year,” he said. The OAG will revise the directives related to protection of victims and witnesses, and activate the Victim Protection Recommendation Committee.

This fiscal, the OAG plans to facilitate adoption of laws related to services of government attorneys, and conduct an organisation and management survey of district attorney offices. The office plans to make 252 hiring in the next three years.

The office also plans to promote seven district attorney offices in each of the seven provinces as model offices. The seven offices are Jhapa of Province-1, Bara of Province-2, Dhading of Province-3, Tanahun of Gandaki Province, Banke of Province-5, Jumla of Karnali Province, and Darchula of Sudurpaschim Province. The office also plans to run training programmes for government attorneys in specialised areas such as cybercrime, organised crime, revenue and public property protection.

The OAG will conduct monitoring of prisons and facilitate improvement of prison conditions. “I must say our jails are overcrowded, and condition there is not good,” said Kharel.

The office will also expand the number of child correction centres.

A version of this article appears in print on August 12, 2019 of The Himalayan Times.

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