Recent nationwide increase in cases of rape has been a serious concern. The data from WOREC Nepal during the last three months reports (Baisakh to Asar 2070),149 cases of rape and 14 cases of attempted rape on women . Most of the survivors are dalit, poor, single women or young girls.
The people’s movement of 62/63 aimed for justice, equality and self-dignity of every Nepali. However, the lack of effective laws and impunity clearly show the bitter truth that our country is not heading toward that direction. Lack of access to justice-socially and legally to the survivors has compounded the situation.
Existing law against rape is discriminatory. The existing provisions under the law give a message that raping certain age and group of women is less punishable than other. According to present law, if a person rapes a girl child of less than 10 years the sentence is 10 to 15 years of custody, 14 to 16 years is 8 to 12 years custody, 16 to 20 years is 5 to 8 years of custody and the provision of punishment for raping a woman above 20 years age is 5 to 7 years custody. Although this is not explicit these provisions accepts rape and make rape against women above 20 more acceptable and less punishable. This is totally against human right norms and principles. Similarly, the 35 days limitation for reporting cases of rape is infringing on women's right to get justice. This situation makes it difficult for women to seek justice. Similarly, the lengthy and complicated court proceedings add further complication to the process. This situation has fostered culture of impunity and boosted the moral of perpetrator to complacently continue the crime. The condition is unbearable and demands immediate action from every concerned citizen and institutions of the country to come forward and act together to end and transform the situation of violence for creating a sustainable to peace in the country.
Focusing on the situation, in leadership and coordination of National Alliance of Women Human Rights Defenders (NAWHRD) National campaign against rape will be launched on 22nd of September 2013; this campaign will start from International peace day and end on International human right day-December 10th. This campaign thrives to make the linkages of human rights and peace clear and reinforce that without addressing human rights of women who are 51 percent of population, achieving human rights for all and creating sustainable peace is impossible. We appeal all stakeholders, individuals, activists, academics, media and people who believe in human right, social justice and peace to be part of the National campaign.
Objective of the Campaign:
• To increase existing level of awareness on sexual violence and create environment for internalization by every citizen of the country to understand that sexual violence is a severe violation of women's right, which affects women and society physically, mentally and socially and creates difficulty for government to fulfill its due diligence obligations..
• To increase access to justice both socially and legally for all survivors of rape.
Demands of the Campaign:
Immediate enactment of comprehensive, effective and aligned with human rights norms and standards new law against Rape ( in present context bring the new law by ordinance)
Establishment of Fast Track Court, and as temporary measure implement the supreme court’s decision on continuous hearing and ensure justice to all survivors of violence within specific period (one year)
Formulation of new victim, gender sensitive investigation manual for investigation of cases of sexual violence with clear inbuilt accountability mechanisms to ensure its proper and effective implementation.
Enact with proper allocation of budget Action as per the state's commitment on CRC and CEDAW to ensure all the rights of women and girl children affected by rape and sexual exploitation.
Formulation of necessary laws to establish discrimination or stigmatization of rape survivors against rape as a social crime and establishment of necessary legal provisions to punish the perpetrators involved in such crime.
Create proper mechanism to implement NAP 1325 and 1820 effectively and create credible base and structures to vent without any fear of retaliation, stigmatization and re-victimization for survivors of SV during conflict
Timeline of the National Campaign:
The campaign will be started on 22nd September 2013 and end on 10th December 2013
Programs/Activities for the campaign:
September 20 – Media interaction and appeal/request for solidarity
September 22 – Commencement of the Campaign from Shanti Batika at 3 pm
Activities in launch of program:
Distribution of information materials against rape
Cultural awareness program (by Kritika Campaign and WOFOWON)
Launch of the campaign by persons from various sectors of society
September 23 to October 6: Distribution of information materials at various squares of Kathmandu
Demonstration of banners and placards
Collaboration with media for information dissemination on campaign
October 6th: Submission of attention letter to chairperson of council of ministers via CDOs of 75 districts
Dissemination of IEC materials in districts
October 24th: Interaction program on “Increasing women poverty, rape risks, status of rape in Nepal and the role/responsibilities of UN agencies to solve the issues” on the "United Nation Day"
Interaction program amongst political parties, government officials and women/ human rights defenders in all districts on increasing women poverty and status of rape and its risks.
November 20th: Interaction program on “Increasing child rape cases” on the "Universal Children’s Day"
Other activities will follow according to need and situations! — at Shanti Batika, Ratnapark, Kathmandu.
“अन्तर्राष्ट्रिय शान्ति दिवस” को अवसर पारी २२ सेप्टेम्बर (असोज ६ गते) का दिनदेखि मानव अधिकार दिवस १० डिसेम्बर २०१३ सम्म राष्ट्रिय रूपमा यो अभियान सञ्चालन गरिंदै छ । यो अभियानको आयोजक तथा सहयोगीका रूपमा सामेल हुन हामी हरेक संङ्घ संस्था र व्यक्तिहरूलाई हार्दिक अनुरोध गर्दछौ । अभियानको उद्घेश्य ः बलात्कारका विरुद्धमा जनचेतना फैलाई बलात्कार नहुने वातावरण निर्माण तथा बलात्कार पीडित ÷ प्रभावितको सामाजिक, कानुनी न्यायको अधिकार सुनिश्चितताको आधार तयार गर्ने । अभियानका मागहरू ः राष्ट्रिय अभियानको अवधि ः यो अभियान असोज ६ गते (सेप्टेम्बर २२) अन्तराष्ट्रिय शान्ति दिवसका दिन सुरू भई पौष २५ गते –डिसेम्बर १०) मानव अधिकार दिवसको दिन अन्त्य हुनेछ ।
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“अन्तर्राष्ट्रिय शान्ति दिवस” को अवसर पारी २२ सेप्टेम्बर (असोज ६ गते) का दिनदेखि मानव अधिकार दिवस १० डिसेम्बर २०१३ सम्म राष्ट्रिय रूपमा यो अभियान सञ्चालन गरिंदै छ । यो अभियानको आयोजक तथा सहयोगीका रूपमा सामेल हुन हामी हरेक संङ्घ संस्था र व्यक्तिहरूलाई हार्दिक अनुरोध गर्दछौ ।
अभियानको उद्घेश्य ः
बलात्कारका विरुद्धमा जनचेतना फैलाई बलात्कार नहुने वातावरण निर्माण तथा बलात्कार पीडित ÷ प्रभावितको सामाजिक, कानुनी न्यायको अधिकार सुनिश्चितताको आधार तयार गर्ने ।
अभियानका मागहरू ः
राष्ट्रिय अभियानको अवधि ः
यो अभियान असोज ६ गते (सेप्टेम्बर २२) अन्तराष्ट्रिय शान्ति दिवसका दिन सुरू भई पौष २५ गते –डिसेम्बर १०) मानव अधिकार दिवसको दिन अन्त्य हुनेछ ।