Badi community urges govt for rehabilitation

KATHMANDU: The Badi community, which has been adopting sex trade for their livelihood, has demanded the government take proper initiative for their proper rehabilitation.

At a programme 'Ways to resolve problems of Badi community' organised here on Saturday by National Badi Rights Struggle Committee, they demanded the government to immediately implement the agreements made with them.

The government should arrange settlement and provide them with land ownership certificate, they added.

On the occasion, Minister of State for Land Reforms Bikram Bahadur Thapa said there should be an environment for Badi community to live in society with respect and pledged to provide them with land where they are living right now.

Similarly, Chairperson of Good Governance and Monitoring Committee of the Legislature-Parliament Mohan Singh Rathor said though political change was occurred in Nepal but no change came in Badi community people lives.

Rathor said he was trying to implement agreement between the government and Badi community signed in 2064 BS.

Struggle Committee Chairperson Umadevi Badi warned to launch fresh protest against government if the past pact was not implemented effectively.

The government had formed a Badi Study Taskforce to prepare a report with economic, social, educational and political situation assessment of Badi community in 2064 BS.

As many as 257 Badi families of 16 districts now are living in Balchaur of Lamki-Chuha Municipality of Kailali.