Thanks to growing public awareness, the increasing level of media outreach and consultations by various organisations, the Jajarkot district has been seeing a gradual rise in the number of registered cases of violence against women.
A total of 500 cases concerning sexual abuse and assaults, domestic violence, rape, child marriage, caste discrimination and physical assaults were registered with the Women and Children Office, a government entity working in the district to safeguard the rights of women and children for the last two years.
Traditionally, victims do not report such cases to concerned authorities due to fear and shame, poor education and poverty. “The number of registered cases was hardly a hundred previously,” said Sachim Shrestha, officer at the Women and Children Office. “The rise in the number of reported cases also shows that the overall cases of violence against women are still increasing.”
Meanwhile, in an effort to raise the concerns of women and children, paralegal committees have been set up in 20 VDCs of the district with around 300 members working to provide services. Of the cases registered, a majority involved husbands and family members, said Shrestha.
Seikh Chandtara, chairperson of the National Women Commission, said that most of the cases of violence against women happened within the family. Young victims never file formal complaints with concerned authorities since they take it as a cause of shame on them and their family, said Chandtara. “Due to social stigmas and insecurity, such cases are never reported. However, recently, the increased level of awareness among victims and society has led to a rise in the formal registration of cases,” she said.
Posted on: 2012-12-30 08:40