'Madhes stir affecting reporting of VAW cases'

Kathmandu, October 27

The monthly Violence Against Women report prepared by Women Rehabilitation Centre has stated that the reporting of VAW cases in the Tarai region has been dramatically affected due to the two-and-a-half month long strike that has crippled life in the region.

A statement issued today by WOREC said that a total of 147 VAW cases were documented from across the country during the month of Ashwin (mid-September to mid-October).

Of the total cases, 50 per cent VAW cases were reported in hilly region, 45 per cent in the Tarai and only 5 per cent in the mountainous region.

“VAW survivors aren’t able to report and explore safety and other measures against the violence they have been suffering. Political turbulence has made it difficult for them to report VAW cases,” it stated.

WOREC had called for solidarity from all to end all forms of violence in the country.

Similarly, on the basis of types of violence, it reveals that 41 percent of women and girls have been suffering from domestic violence, 21 percent from physical assault and 16 percent from mental torture.

Similarly, six percent of them have been murdered, three percent sexually abused while one percent have faced rape attempts and the remaining three percent have been suffering from other types of violence.

It further said that the highest number of VAW cases were documented during the month of Ashwin.

The relationship statistics between the survivors and alleged perpetrators indicated that husbands were the perpetrators in 54 per cent the VAW cases. Other perpetrators include neighbours (17 per cent) and family members (15 per cent).