AHRC demands justice for victim of domestic violence

- POST REPORT, Kathmandu

Jun 17, 2013-

The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) expressed serious concerns regarding health of Anita (name changed), a domestic violence victim, and urged the government for immediate medical support.

In April, Anita of Geta VDC in Kailai district was stabbed five times by her husband Bijayaraj Bhatta in an attempt to kill her. Issuing a press statement, the AHRC said the victim has received no support—financial or otherwise—from the state authorities so far. “The General Recommendation number 19 of the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women directs states to provide appropriate protective and support services for victims of gender-based violence,” reads the statement.

The AHRC has also urged authorities concerned to provide medical treatment for the victim, carry out thorough investigation into the case and initiate prosecution of the perpetrator.

Anita was married to Bijayaraj 27 years ago unaware of the fact that her husband already had a wife and children. After a year, her husband started battering her and accusing her of crimes she had not committed. They had two sons who were also abused physically by the father.

Anita had decided to live separately five years after her marriage due to unbearable violence. As alimony, she was given 0.47 hectare of land but that too was not legally transferred in her name. Later, as the court settled the case favouring Anita, the perpetrator attacked her and absconded.

The victim had to take loans for her medical treatment. However, her recovery is still uncertain.

Currently, she is receiving treatment at the Tribhuvan University Teaching hospital after the relief fund for gender-based violence provided her with an air ticket to Kathmandu.

The AHRC has also written to the Women Development Offices in Kathmandu and Lalitpur, the National Women Commission and the Ministry of Women, Children and Social Welfare, requesting financial support for the victim.

Published: 18-06-2013 09:02

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