Letter to the Editor
Dec 27, 2014-
The three persons arrested for allegedly raping and murdering an eight-year-old girl in Kalaiya of Bara district on November 8 should be imprisoned for life with the full confiscation of their properties, which should then be paid to the family of the victim as compensation (‘Three held for killing girl after rape,’ December 25, Page 4). The properties of the nearest relatives of the rapists should also be confiscated, though these relatives need not be kept inside the prisons. Since the big parties may not succeed in reaching consensus on the new constitution, they can at least reach consensus on formulating rigid and effective laws to eradicate rape.
Kul Ratna Bajracharya, Kathmandu
This is an interesting article but it looks at trafficking through a very narrow focus (‘Bought and sold,’ December 21, Page 6). First, the number of persons being trafficked— “200,000 women to brothels in India”—is baseless. There has been no study done to ascertain this figure and it has been cited off-hand for more than a decade. Most importantly, trafficking is not and should not be just about women in the sex industry. There are many more men and women who are trafficked for forced labour. But our regional instrument to deal with trafficking is fundamentally flawed and will not serve any purpose in curbing trafficking. Most trafficking happens in the course of migration, mostly for work. Our migration policies have forced women into situation where they are at risk of being trafficked. The solution is not to stop migration or to stop the bus service between Kathmandu to India, but to have open regulated channels for migration and to ensure that information channels are open at the district and village levels.
Jebli Shrestha, via email
BACK TO HINDU
Regarding Pramod Mishra’s article, Nepal was a secular country from time immemorial, because we did not see any conflict between various faiths (‘Complexity of faith,’ December 25, Page 6). Only after 2007, when we were officially declared a ‘secular’ nation, that the issue of religion became controversial and a matter of intense polarisation. It is better, therefore, to revert back to being a Hindu state because of the rising Hindutva wave in India and the conversions being done by the Rastriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) to bring Muslims and Christians into Hinduism. When socialist parties were at the helm in Delhi in 2006, Nepal became a republic and now that an extreme right force is in power, it is natural for Nepal also to face the heat.
Raj Simha, Baneshwor
Apropos the news, ‘Chepangs struggle to keep infants alive in harsh winter’ (December 25, Page 4), I would like to put forward the sensitive issues regarding the hardships that common folks face during extreme cold. The poor condition of the folks has even made the issues even more sensitive because they are starving for food and the cold has only added more grief. Therefore, the government needs to provide winter aid as quickly as possible and should take apt decisions to mitigate the problems.
Diwakar Mani Ghimire, Ratopul
Published: 28-12-2014 10:06