Women make up majority of rights victims, shows study

Pokhara, June 30

As many as 990 human rights violation cases have been recorded in the western region over the past six month this year, with most of the victims being women.

As per a report unveiled by Informal Sector Service Centre’s Western Regional Office in Pokhara here today, the region witnessed 893 and 97 rights violation cases from the state and non-state actors respectively during the period.

Women were victims in a whopping 874 rights violation cases perpetrated by non-state actors and in five cases perpetrated by the state.

The report shows that 775 women and 91 minor victims suffered at the hands of their own family members. Most of the rights violation cases were related to physical abuse, murder and caste discrimination, according to the report.

The National Human Rights Commission’s regional office director Nitu Gautaula described the incidents of human rights violation as unfortunate.

Similarly, Superintendent of Police Ram Kripal Shah of Regional Police Office Pokhara expressed his commitment that the police administration would uphold human rights while discharging duties.

Chief of Women and Children Office, Kaski, Laxmi GC said the government had failed to protect rights of women and children and to help deliver justice to the victims.

Speaking at the programme, the Commission for the Investigation of Abuse of Authority’s Pokhara regional office chief Yadu Prasad Panthi pointed to the need to spread awareness among the general public about human rights.