Achham rife with cases of violence against women

- Rastriya Samachar Samiti, ACHHAM

Nov 21, 2017-

The incidents of violence against women (VAW) are rife in the far western district of Achham.

Domestic violence, rape, Chhaupadi (enforced seclusion during menstruation and after childbirth), and wage discrimination are prevalent in the district, said the participants of an interaction on “Identification of Issues of Human Rights” organised by the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) at Mangalsen on Monday. 

Women Development Officer Bhagawati Aryal said since most VAW cases either go unrecorded or unpunished, it is difficult for victims to get justice and for the society to change its attitude towards women.

Journalist Menuka Dhungana said underage marriage practice in the district is one the chief contributing factors to the incidents of VAW. 

Most VAW cases registered at the District Police Office are related to domestic violence, but they are settled through mediation, said Deputy Superintendent of Police Dadhiram Neupane. 

He added that only a handful of VAW cases get reported to police. 

Police records show that a total of 154 VAW cases were registered throughout last fiscal year. Likewise, in the past three months, it recorded five cases of rape. 

In some cases, perpetrators and victims have been found visiting police with a request to settle the case. 

Chief District Officer Kishor Kumar Chaudhary said the state bodies are fully committed and sensitive towards the guarantee of human rights. 

Published: 21-11-2017 07:28

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