LAMJUNG, JANUARY 17

Almost 90 per cent of cases related to violence against women in the district have been settled through reconciliation, according to the district police.

As a result, victims have been denied justice and perpetrators have eluded action, said social activists.

Of the 184 VAW cases registered at the respective police offices in the three fiscal years and the first six months of the current fiscal year, 116 have been settled through reconciliation, 24 have been registered in court and 44 are in the process of court registration, said Nandu Kumari Adhikari, chief of the Women, Children and Senior Citizens Service Centre, Lamjung.

Out of 33 VAW cases registered at police offices in six months of the current fiscal year, 17 have been settled through reconciliation, six have been filed in court and nine in the process of filing case at the court.

Similarly, some of the VAW cases are also registered at the judicial committees of the local levels.

In the first place, family disputes have been settled through reconciliation.

They have landed in court only as the last option, said coordinator of the judicial committee, Hom Bahadur BK, also vice-chair of Marsyangdi Rural Municipality.