Women’s body says SC verdicts go unimplemented

Kathmandu, November 12:

The Forum for Women, Law and Development (FWLD) today said that the government

has failed to implement the Supreme Court verdicts issued in favour of women.

“The government authorities are yet to initiate homework to promulgate a law as per the directives of the SC to ban sexual harassment in public places,” said FWLD’s advocate Meera Dhungana. She claimed that the SC had ordered the Prime Minister’s Office and Cabinet and the Ministry of Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs two-and-a-half-years ago in this regard but the authorities are yet to get the text of the judgement. “We wrote to the office of the Attorney General to send the text of the judgment six months ago but they are yet to respond,” she said at an interaction organised by the FWLD. The SC had ordered the government to promulgate a separate law banning sexual harassment in public places.

She claimed that her organisation has filed a contempt of court case in the SC against the government authorities for not obeying the apex court verdict to form a panel to study about gender discrimination. “This is the worst situation that the authorities are not seriously implementing court verdicts,” she added.