Print Edition - 2014-12-06 | Nation
Campaign initiated for child-friendly laws
Dec 5, 2014-
Activists and volunteers have started a weekly protest demanding formulation of child-friendly laws and a proper mechanism to deal with child abuse in the country.
‘Youth in Black Cap’, a campaign kick started with a silent protest on the occasion of International Volunteer Day (December 5) on Friday, saw youths donning black caps informing communities about the increasing incidences of child sexual abuse and pressurise policy makers and parliamentarians to formulate and implement child-friendly laws, policies, and programmes.
“Lack of proper legal, institutional and social mechanisms to adequately respond to cases of child sexual abuse demands a clear need for a strong movement,” said campaign coordinator Yuvraj Ghimire, adding they are demanding creation of safe and secure environment for the children and removal of a 35-day
statute of limitations on reporting rape cases.
While article 14 of the Civil Code has provisioned against rape and sexual abuse, it does not mention any provision for rehabilitation of the victim back into the community.
Ghimire said that victims of sexual violence in 25 of the 60 cases (of child sexual abuse) registered at the Children and Women In Social Service and Human Rights were denied justice due to the 35 -day statute of limitation on reporting rape cases registration.
“We have a very general kind of legal provision on abuse, which does not specify child sexual abuse. We want to change that. Nepal needs a separate child-friendly legal procedure to ensure that child victims of sexual violence get justice,” said Ghimire.
The activists and volunteers participating in the campaign will stage their protest only a few hundred meters away from the Constituent Assembly (CA) building in New Baneshwore to express their dissatisfaction over the existing legal gaps that
allow perpetrators of sexual violence to go unpunished.
Published: 06-12-2014 08:35