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Minister Tamang faces public outrage
Jul 23, 2018-
The statement of Minister for Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs Sher Bahadur Tamang has faced strong criticism for his outrageous statement about Nepali female medicine students in Bangladesh.
Political leaders, members of the civil society and social media activists have reproached Minister Tamang who on Friday said at an event in Kathmandu that Nepali female medicine students in Bangladesh were “submitting themselves” to their professors to get degree certificates.
Tamang’s statement soon spread like a wildfire in social networking sites triggering public outrage.
His statement came just days after Durga Prasain, the owner of B&C Medical Hospital in Birtamod, Jhapa, made a similar claim at a press conference.
Nepali Communist Party leader Narayan Kaji Shrestha expressed objection to the claims made by both Minister Tamang and Sharma through Twitter. “Public remark made by entrepreneur Durga Prashain over female students from Nepal perusing medical education in Bangladesh is objectionable. I condemn this and seek for public introspection. Likewise, similar remark from law minister is saddening. The government should make serious consideration,” he tweeted.
Former Prime Minister and the leader of Naya Shakti Party, Nepal, Babu Ram Bhattarai, demanded an independent investigation and punishment against Tamang, while the opposition party, Nepali Congrees, urged Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli to restrain a rash minister like Tamang.
“The Nepali Congress has taken the statement seriously. The remark that has come without analysing the identity, pride and social reputation of female students studying in Bangladesh is condemnable and objectionable,” said in a statement released by Congress Spokesperson Bishwo Prakash Sharma.
Rastriya Prajatantra Party (RPP) has meanwhile demanded Tamang’s dismissal. Issuing a statement, the RPP said Tamang’s statement was crude and unfounded.
RPP Chairman Kamal Thapa also demanded legal action against Prasain.
Mohna Ansari, commissioner of the National Human Rights Commission, tweeted, “Is there any proof? Why are students in medical Bangladesh being defamed?” she questioned.
Published: 23-07-2018 07:22