Navigation Links
Girl Students Sexually Harassed by Security Forces in Nepal

Sexual abuse, harassment and violence have become a way of life in Nepal's schools with security forces occupying their premises in the name of combating Maoist guerrillas, say child rights activists here. //

Children as Zone of Peace, an umbrella of 36 rights organisations, says it has been urging the new government of Prime Minister Girija Prasad Koirala to withdraw security forces from all occupied schools but to no avail.

"Now there is a democratic government that says it is committed to peace and protecting human rights," says Kundan Aryal, president of the group. "Also, both the government and the Maoists called a ceasefire in April. But even two months after that, security forces still continue to run barracks on school premises."

A report compiled by the group says there are at least 11 schools where security forces are still running barracks. While most of them are in the outer districts, at least one, the Dhumrabarahi School, is in Sukedhara in the capital.

"There are growing incidents of girl students in Class 9 and above being subjected to sexual abuse by the soldiers," says Tarak Dhital, whose NGO, Child Workers in Nepal (CWIN), is a member of the campaign.

"There are such reports from remote districts like Rukum, Salyan and Bajura, as well as Kathmandu. A recent incident involved a policeman posted in a barracks inside a school in Kathmandu marrying a minor student. It shows the spread of an unhealthy trend."

When the Maoist guerrillas started their People's War in February 1996 to abolish monarchy and turn Nepal into a communist republic, security forces began moving inside schools on the grounds they were the most secure places or were located in strategically important areas.

"If that is the case, we are asking the government to provide other locations so that the schools can shift there," says Aryal.

"We have written two letters to the new home and educ ation ministries but so far no one has done anything."

Before both sides declared a truce in April, there were regular instances of schools turning into battlefields with students and teachers among the casualties.

Maoist guerrillas would hold indoctrination programmes in the schools, forcing the students and teachers to attend while security forces, learning about the plan, would launch an attack. In several incidents, security forces used helicopters to indiscriminately bomb such indoctrination camps, resulting in civilian casualties.

"Children should not be going to school fearfully," says Dhital. "Freedom from fear is one of the basic rights."

But though Nepal has signed several international agreements pledging to honour basic child rights, they are yet to be translated into action.

According to CWIN, 462 children were killed during the decade-old armed conflict and 524 injured. Besides, thousands of children have lost one or both parents and tens of thousands have been displaced. Hundreds have also been recruited by the rebels, who, however, deny that they have child soldiers.

"As there is a truce now, we are also asking both sides to release the children under their custody," says Aryal. "They should be allowed to return to their families and be reintegrated."

(Source: IANS News)
'"/>




Related medicine news :

1. Exposure to Pesticides in Schools Produces Illnesses Among Employees, Students
2. Pharma Companies May Influence The Decisions Of Medical Students
3. Students Involved In Bullying And Victims Were Equally Stressed
4. A Comparative Study On Dietary Habits In Middle School Students And Increase In Weight
5. Students wants to extent Tution waiver in Ontario
6. Disadvantaged Students May Not Go In For College Education
7. Students Die after a Fatal Crash
8. Students Seek Help From Prisoners for Kidnapped Childs Release
9. Ignorance about AIDS rampart in Third of College Students: Chinese survey
10. Chinese Students Affected By Unknown Flu
11. Advertisements in High School Newspapers Encourage Students to Sport a Tan
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:


(Date:3/27/2017)... , ... March 27, 2017 , ... ... Conventional sodium testing methods are complicated and require expert user knowledge. In a ... analytical method dedicated to the simplified, yet highly accurate, determination of sodium. , ...
(Date:3/27/2017)... ... March 27, 2017 , ... Golden Triangle ... 8:00am-10:00am on Monday, April 3rd to commemorate the two-year anniversary of the facility. ... area-residents to celebrate two great years while also familiarizing themselves with the facility. ...
(Date:3/27/2017)... (PRWEB) , ... March 27, 2017 , ... Harris Communications, ... of hearing, is bringing its latest products to the Deaf Seniors of America Conference, ... have the opportunity to meet with knowledgeable ASL friendly staff from Harris Communications and ...
(Date:3/25/2017)... ... ... at Swissray is pleased to announce the release of the ELITE DXA, a new ... active scan window, which is more than double that of existing bone densitometers. Historically, ... undergo an accurate total body bone density or body composition study. The ELITE ...
(Date:3/24/2017)... , ... March 24, 2017 , ... ... which will spark a conversation on the current obstacles facing infection prevention and ... completely preventable deaths caused by these infections. , The print component of ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:3/27/2017)... Israel , March 27, 2017 ... oncology and immunology, announced today that AGI-134, an immunotherapy for ... acquisition of Agalimmune Ltd., will be featured at the upcoming ... in Washington, DC to be held ... ...
(Date:3/27/2017)... 2017  BERG, a biopharmaceutical company uncovering ... approach, today announced that the company,s Interrogative ... new data using a cold-induced model to ... Joslin Diabetes Center led the investigation with ... analysis of samples.  The findings were published ...
(Date:3/27/2017)... BOSTON , March 27, 2017 ... pharmaceutical company and Paratek Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (Nasdaq: PRTK), ... commercialization of innovative therapies based upon tetracycline chemistry, ... sarecycline for the treatment of moderate to severe ... Sarecycline is a once-daily, oral, narrow spectrum tetracycline-derived ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: