Sexist bigotry sparks semantic row

Kathmandu, March 29:

Even as efforts are being made to eliminate all discriminatory practices in the country, a study

revealed that as many as 536 discriminatory words still found their place in the present Constitution and several Acts, Regulations, and annexes of the Acts and Regulations.

According to the study , sexist terms such as sabhapati (chairman), kanyadan (Girl gift), aimai (female), kulpati (chancellor), udhyogpati (industrialist), pradhansenapati (chief of army), rastrapati (President) and uparastrapati (Vice President), to name a few, are still being used in legislations.

The study was carried out by the Forum for Women, Law and Development, an NGO working in the field of justice for women, was made public recently.

The study was conducted following the promulgation of the Interim Constitution of Nepal, 2007, and several other Acts, including the Nepal Citizenship Act, 2006 and amendments in chapters of Civil Code.

“We will make public the report in Nepali and submit the same to the concerned departments for their attention,” advocate Meera Dhungana affiliated with FWLD told this daily.

The study stated that laws related to court procedures were also discriminatory against women.

According to the study, the person registering any petition, reply, or appeal submitted in the court must mention the names of fathers or husbands. “We want an end to such discriminatory practices,” advocate Dhungana added.