WRIT FILED SEEKING JUSTICE TO VICTIMS OF WAR-ERA SEXUAL VIOLENCE

Kathmandu, Jan.1: A writ petition has been filed at the Supreme Court, demanding the victims of sexual violence and inhumane treatment meted out during the decade-long armed conflict be identified and provided them with necessary relief and assistance from the state.

Bhagiram Chaudhary, district chairperson of conflict victims committee, Baridya, Wednesday moved the apex court, seeking justice to such victims who are not included in the government’s definition of ‘conflict-victims’. In the writ, the petitioner stated that many women, girls and adolescents fell prey to indecent treatments and sexual harassments during the conflict and because of this they lost their morale and social dignity and even have been detached from family love and care. In this ground, they should be listed as conflict-victims and provided relief and assistance from the state.

The petitioner has further demanded the issuance of interim order on the writ which has named the Office of Prime Minister and Council of Ministers, Home Ministry, Peace and Reconstruction Ministry, Local Development Ministry, Peace Fund Secretariat and Parliamentary Secretariat defendants. The writ also demanded that such victims should be included in the definition of conflict victims by issuing a mandamus.

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