Civil and Criminal Codes to rid Jari

- Post Report, Kathmandu

Aug 12, 2015-

Jari, a gender discriminatory divorce practice, which remained in country’s civil code called Muluki Ain will finally be removed with the enactment of the Civil and Criminal Codes. 

The government has prepared a complete and comprehensive body of criminal and civil laws to replace the entire Muluki Ain, a one-and-a-half-century old legal cod.

Jari is a part of a divorce procedure in which if a married woman elopes with another man, she and her new husband will have to pay fine and serve jail term.

As per the current provision of Jari, both the woman and her second husband could be fined up to Rs 2,000 and sentenced to two years in prison. The entire chapter of Jari has been wiped out in the Civil Code.  

The reviewed code is currently in Parliament for deliberation and once it is passed, the Bill together with Criminal Code will replace the Muluki Ain. A report prepared by rights organisation Insec shows there was just a single case of Jari registered last year. Lawyers say words such as polygamy and divorce are enough to address issues related to Jari. 

Published: 12-08-2015 11:50

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