Print Edition - 2014-09-04 | Nation
‘Clinic’ to hand out awareness materials
Sep 3, 2014-
A consortium of four human rights organisations is all set to launch a mobile van to distribute awareness materials in an effort to minimise domestic violence. The van, which will also act as a ‘legal clinic’ providing informations on domestic violence laws, will move around four VDCs in Banke district starting next week in what the organisers called a ‘pilot phase’.
The consortium of non-governmental organisations Saathi, Legal Aid and Consultancy Center-LACC, Institute of Human Rights Communication Nepal-IHRICON and Sancharika Samuha, is collaborating with Breakthrough, a global human rights organisation working to end violence against women.
Breakthrough’s most popular campaign was the Bell Bajao (ring the bell) campaign, which called on Indian men and boys to stand up against domestic violence by ringing the bell of houses were men were abusing their wives.
Speaking at the formal launch of the campaign in the Capital on Monday, Deputy Speaker of the Constituent Assembly, Onsari Gharti Magar said a ‘social revolution’ powered by the media was important to topple the patriarchal society and establish equality.
“To bring about this social revolution, we need to remember that laws and by laws are not enough. We need to focus on effective implementation of domestic violence laws,” she said.
Assistant Inspector General, Surendra Bahadur Shah, who is also the head of the Crime Investigation Department of Nepal Police, assured his support to the campaign. “We need to implement a safe victim and witness protection system and gain the trust of the victims so that they would feel comfortable to speak out,” he said. According to him, police received 6,800 complaints of domestic violence last year alone.
Bandana Rana, chair of SAATHI, said they would assess the impact of the campaign and then design more long term programmes. “In the long run, we want to build a strong communication strategy that will help us elevate the level of awareness and curb domestic violence in the country,” she said.
Published: 04-09-2014 09:18