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Daily Headlines in The Nepali Press

Child marriage robbing girls of their future

Himalayan Times, October 20, p.3

RAMECHHAP: Despite efforts to curb child marriages, the practice is still prevalent in many rural areas of Nepal. Abject poverty and lack of awareness are the main reasons why child marriages are still rampant in rural Nepal, according to studies. In various VDCs of Ramechhap, majority of Thami girls are married off at an early age. Because of early marriage, Thami girls are forced to discontinue their studies. The practice of child marriage carries with it devastating consequences for young girls’ health and wellbeing. Sunita Thami, 14, of Daduwa-3, had no option but to drop out o... more

Former Kamlari joins campaign for girls' education

Republica online

KATHMANDU, Oct 19:Urmila Chaudhary, a girl rights activist, has been appointed as campaign ambassador for ´Because I am a Girl´ (BIAAG) in Nepal. BIAAG is a campaign of Plan International that aims to help girls raise their voices, especially for their right to education. 
Chaudhary worked in servitude for 11 years before she gained freedom. She has been fighting for Kamlari girls´ right to education. She was a key part of Plan International´s Kamlari Abolition Project launched in 2005 that helped free about 3,500 young girls, who are now either at school or into business, said a press release issued by Plan Nepal. …more

Textbook monitoring begins for new academic session

Himalayan Times, October 20, p.2

KATHMANDU: Central Textbook Monitoring Committee, under the coordination of the director general of the Department of Education, today visited a couple of private book publishing houses in the Kathmandu Valley to monitor stock of textbooks for new academic session 2072. The monitoring team includes members from guardians associations, teachers associations, textbook publishers and others. Sarita Aryal, vice president, Guardians Association of Nepal, said that they have initiated textbook monitoring , the main motive of this action is to ensure availability of textbooks for the new academic s... more

Study finds lead dust a real threat to children

Himalayan Times, October 20, p.2

KATHMANDU: A study commissioned by the Centre for Public Health and Environmental Development in association with the European Union has found presence of excessive amount of lead dust in schoolgoing children of the Kathmandu Valley and Dharan. Kishundeo Mehata, assistant professor at the Department of Biochemestry, BP Koirala Institute of Health Sciences, Dharan, who is also a lead researcher said, “Lead content was detected in 74 per cent and 91 per cent of under-12 children in the schools of Kathmandu and Dharan respectively.” The study observed a sample size of 304 individu... more

Far west being filled by adolescent mothers

Rajdhani Nepali language daily, October 20, p.1

Achham: Lakmi BK of Binyak-9 in Achham became mother at the tender age of 15. Although she had normal delivery, her child just weighs one and half kilo.…According to figures of Dipayal Regional Health Directorate, majority of women coming to health institutions for safe delivery in far west districts are adolescent girls…

Himalayan Times, October 20, front page

Children used in smuggling firecrackers
Kathmandu Post, October 20, p.2

NEPALGUNJ, OCT 19 -Smugglers in Nepalgunj are found to be using children to ferry banned firecrackers to Nepal from Indian towns. Sub-Inspector Milan Singh at Jamunaha Police Post at the Nepal-India border said smugglers had been using the children in their school uniform to bring firecrackers from bordering Indian town of Rupaidiya.

Security personnel recently seized fireworks from school children. During police interrogation the children, mostly aged 12 to 14, said unidentified people asked them to smuggle firecrackers, promising them to provide some money.

The local administration has banned the import of firecrackers and warned to take action as per the existing law if anyone is found involved in the illegal trade.

Rapist father held

Himalayan Times, October 20, p.3
JHAPA: Bhairab Saren, 40, was arrested for raping his 10-year-old daughter in Haldibari VDC, Jhapa, on Saturday. According to District Police Office, Jhapa, Saren had raped his daughter time and again after his wife went for foreign employment some 20 months ago. Bishwo Mani Pokharel of DPO said Saren was arrested on the basis of an FIR. He said that the accused had raped his daughter on September 30 and October 2 while they were watching television at their house. Police said the victim’s health check-up was carried out at Mechi Zonal Hospital, Bhadrapur, and a case has been filed against the culprit at DPO. Action will be taken against the culprit as per the law of land, said police. — HNS

Govt official held on rape charge

Kathmandu Post, October 20, p.4

NUWAKOT, OCT 19 -A government official here in the district has been arrested on the charge of raping a minor. Raja Ram Yadav, 31, allegedly raped a 13-year-old girl at Battar-based Aadarsha Hotel in Bidur-3 on Sunday morning. The accused took the victim into his hotel room and committed the crime. The victim is a worker at the hotel…more

Appeal to work for children

Nepal Samacharpatra Nepali language daily, October 20, p.7

Kavre: Various programs are being conducted in 25 VDCs of Kavre from 2014 with the objective of creating protective environment for children. In this context CWISH has concluded an orientation program on  “Role of media workers in child protection issues”…