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Women Minister pledges to amend laws related to sexual violence

Radio Nepal 23 May, 2022 8:30 pm

Kathmandu: Minister for Women, Children and Senior Citizens, Uma Regmi, pledged to take initiation for tabling a government-sponsored bill to amend the law regarding rape within the ongoing House session.

In a meeting of the Women and Social Committee, House of Representatives (HoR) on Monday, the Minister said the government was committed to ensuring justice to survivors of sexual violence and would seek help from all related quarters if her efforts to introduce the bill were not sufficient.

During the meeting focused on the discussions about the time limit for registering cases against sexual violence or harassment, the Minister was clear that there should no statute of limitations for seeking justice for rape.

Minister for Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs Govinda Bandi said he earlier today sat with the people of the Law Commission to identify a room for revisions in the rape-related law so as to make the crime punishable no matter when it occurred.

Committee president Nirudevi Pal directed the bodies concerned including the Ministry of Women and Social Welfare, the Ministry of Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs and the Office of the Prime Minister and Council of Ministers to amend the law at the earliest by coordinating.

The Committee has drawn the attention of the government to make provisions for taking maximum legal action against the perpetrator and having it implemented.

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