A new law in Nepal would recognize children born out of wedlock by considering their parents married – even if they’re not. Women’s rights activists have championed the change, but many questions remain about how the law would work.
Although reconstruction after Nepal’s April 2015 earthquake has been ongoing, funds have been difficult to access. Some people say that the money from government grants isn’t enough to rebuild; but others can’t access it all, since they don’t meet land ownership requirements.
Child homelessness is a problem that government officials and organizations struggle to address in Nepal’s capital city and surrounding areas. While they intend to help reunite children with their families or give them a safe place to stay, some children say they would rather be on the streets than return to homes where they might face abuse.
In Nepal, many families view the birth of a baby girl as an economic burden. To reduce sex-selective abortion, one city in Nepal is encouraging families to keep their daughters - and it’s paying them for having baby girls.
Lawmakers in Nepal are looking at a proposed anti-torture bill that takes aim at torture by law enforcement officials, including Nepal Police. However, human rights activists worry that the proposal does not do enough to curb police practices of torture and coerced confessions.
Two major political parties support granting amnesty to those guilty of crimes and atrocities during a decade-long conflict, and this plan is feared to mar the efforts of the two-year-old Truth and Reconciliation Commission, which has already been criticized as ineffective. Voices from several points of view convey the tensions surrounding the transitional justice process.
For the first time in Nepal’s history, a member of the historically oppressed Badi community has been elected to the country’s Parliament. Uma Devi Badi has made history – but others wonder whether she can make a change.
The Nepalese government struggles to enforce a law requiring all international volunteers to apply for work permits before taking even unpaid jobs in the country. Some volunteers take temporary jobs at children’s homes, some of which offer the visitors unfettered access to children.
Nearly 400,000 Nepalese work abroad, and they pay into a special fund to provide scholarships for children of migrant workers who are killed or seriously injured. There’s a catch, though: Only the children of those who were abroad legally can qualify for the help.
In Nepal, sex work is common among women of the Badi community, locally considered a sub-caste. Government aid to provide other job prospects for Badi sex workers has declined, forcing many to remain in the trade as they say it affords them a decent income.