PIL filed to protect Kumaris’ rights

Himalayan News Service

Kathmandu, May 6:

A public interest litigation (PIL) was filed at the Supreme Court (SC) today seeking its order to government authorities to protect the rights of the Kumaris in Kathmandu Valley.

Petitioner advocate Pundevi Maharjan has filed the PIL claiming that the fundamental rights of the Kumaris have been violated.

He has accused the authorities of not working properly in this regard and has sought the SC order regarding the same to the Cabinet Secretariat, Ministries of Women, Children and Social Welfare, Education, and Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs and National Women Commission.

The petitioner has claimed that making minor girls Kumaris is a violation of their rights. He has also claimed Kumaris do not get sufficient food, proper education, health service or a family environment.

According to the advocate, there are 11 Kumaris in Kathmandu valley. “The Kumaris are not allowed to live with their family members and are not properly rehabilitated. There is a no provision to rehabilitate the Kumaris in a proper manner, and as such life after retirement as a Kumari is difficult,” the petitioner has claimed.