Nepali woman struggles to ‘seek rights’ in India

- Devendra Bhattarai, NEW DELHI

Aug 17, 2015-

A Nepali woman has been constantly knocking on the doors of the Nepali Embassy in India, Woman Commission of India and various Nepali organisations based in India in hopes of establishing her rights as a wife of an Indian national.

Sabina Mijar, 25, mother of a four-year-old daughter, had met Bimalesh Badola in Singapore five years ago where she went for foreign employment. Following an affair between the two, Sabina had married Badola after he came to Nepal.

Sabina carries affidavits of her marriage to several offices to establish her relations with him. She has also applied to the Department of Consular at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Nepal Police for justice. 

“They told me that since the matter is related to an Indian national, it is better to take up the issue in India with the help of Indian Woman Commission and Nepali Embassy in New Delhi. So I came here upon the suggestion from consular department and Nepal police,” she told the Post.   

Sabina has already applied at the Indian Woman Commission to establish her relations with her husband, where they have called her to visit on August 24. She has also lodged a complaint at Fajalpur Police Station in Mandawali against Badola, where he is from.

Badola is living in West Delhi of Mandawali where she has produced affidavits 

of her relations with him, photos of her marriage ceremony and other documents that support her marriage with him. 

As per the documents provided by Sabina, Nepali Embassy in New Delhi has authenticated that Sabina and Badola are husband and wife.

As per her story, Sabina, who was just a 10th grader, used to work in Dhadkan Bar in Sultan Plaza where Badola was Disc Jockey.

“ We fell in love while working at the bar and I became pregnant. Then I left Singapore and came to Kathmandu. I used to live in a rented flat, with expenses provided by him, in Kathmandu,” she said.

Once I gave birth, Badola came to Kathmandu on the 11th day and spent some days with me, she said, adding that when the baby girl reached six months, he again visited them for some time.

“I later came to know that he was living either in Malaysia or Singapore but also married to another woman in India. I have proof of his other marriage,” she claimed. She added that she was abused by an unknown woman when she called Badola in India.

“But since I have had extreme difficulties in raising the child, I decided to establish my rights as wife and my daughters’,” she said.

The last time Sabina met was when the child was 10 months old. “He had visited Kathmandu but denied to meet any of my relatives and in the end told me that he did not want any relation with me,” she said. He then returned to India.

Once the daughter turned a year old, she went to UAE for a year of work. “As soon as I returned from UAE, I started trying to establish my relations with Badola.”

She carries photographs of her marriage carried out according to Hindu practices, birth certificate of the daughter issued by Kathmandu Medical College, recommendation provided by the Consular Department and Nepal Police and letter issued by the Nepali Embassy in New Delhi.

Sabina is currently taking shelter in New Delhi where one of her relatives, 

Govinda Khatiwada, and R B Khadka, representative of Akhil Bharat Nepal Ekata Manch, are helping her to get justice.

Published: 17-08-2015 11:22

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