Women must register in native district: Govt

  • marriage registration
- Post Report, Kathmandu

Aug 15, 2015-

The government has made it mandatory for women to register their marriage in their native districts in a bid to curb women being trafficked in the name of marriage to foreigners.

The Home Ministry’s directive to its district offices follow media reports that many women were being lured by taffickers with false promise of marriage to wealthy foreigners.

A secretary level meeting held to find ways to control physical and sexual abuse of women married to foreigner had come up with the decision to register marriage from the woman’s place of birth.

In March, the Central Investigation Bureau of Nepal Police had busted a racket that supplied young Nepali “brides” to Chinese and Korean men twice their age. The women, who were rescued, had harrowing tales to tell about their mental and physical torture.

A copy of the letter has also been sent to the Foreign Ministry. The Home Ministry letter issued to the district offices states that in case the marriage cannot be registered at her home district then a letter has to be submitted along with a copy of citizenship, a letter of transfer to the current district and a land ownership certificate in the new place.

In case of a marriage between two Nepali citizens, the couple can register their marriage in the district either of them has obtain the citizenship.

Women right activists, however, said the registering marriage in the woman’s home district alone is not enough to tackle the problem of trafficking. “Registering her marriage in her home district alone is not enough to stop a woman from being trafficked; be it a foreigner or Nepali husband. This is not the solution,” said Renu Rajbhandari, c hairperson of the Women’s Rehabilitation Center (WOREC).

Rajbhandari added the problem is too vast to be controlled by registering marriage and suggested the government to organise massive awareness programme and find employment opportunities for women falling victim of trafficking.

Published: 16-08-2015 10:10

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