262 women go missing in a year

  • foreign employment

Jan 1, 2015-

As many as 262 women from the Mid-Western districts who left for foreign employment, have gone missing or are out of contact in the past one year, authorities concerned said.

The number of missing women is based on applications filed by their families. Among these applications, 80 are from Banke, 41 from Surkhet, 23 from Bardiya, 19 from Dang, 9 from Rukum, 9 from Salyan and 21 from Salyan.

As the number of women going abroad for foreign employment is increasing every year, the number of women disappearing has also increased. “But there is no proper mechanism to search and rescue these women,” said Keshav Koirala, regional coordinator of Nepalgunj-based Maiti Nepal office.

Concerned stakeholders say the search and rescue of these women are impossible without proper mechanism and without the support and initiation from the government.

In most applications, the family members have requested to search for women and children who left for India and the Gulf countries. These women and children are assumed to be victim of labour and sexual exploitation. Many of them go to Gulf countries through illegal channels via India. As a result, there is no proper or accurate address of the missing.

Maiti Nepal recently returned 447 women who were about to crossing the Nepal-India border. Among them, 165 were from the Dalit community, followed by 161 from various Janajati groups and 105 from the Bramin and Chettri community. Similarly 253 of them were under 18 years of age.

However, despite the increasing number of missing women, the trend among women to go abroad for jobs has not decreased.

Published: 02-01-2015 09:21

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