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Daily Headlines in The Nepali Press

Early marriages still common in Jajarkot

Himalayan Times, October 18, p.5

JAJARKOT: Early marriages are still common in this Far-west hill region of the country, thanks mainly to lack of education, awareness and poverty. Early marriages mean early motherhood, and ultimately both mothers and babies suffer. Majority of girls in the region have been found to have been married before their 15th birthday.

Child marriage is a serious human rights crisis and is considered one of the most pressing development concerns in the world today. Defined as marriage under the age of 18, child marriage disproportionately and negatively affects girls who are more likely to be ... more

बढ्दै कुमारी आमा 

Increase in unmarried mothers

Kantipur Nepali language daily, October 18, p.5

Gulmi: …There are about 35 adolescent girls in the district who are in trouble because they became mothers after being trapped in false love, and later they were rejected by lovers and families. Most of these girls  belong to Dalit families…more

Being Inspired by Malala Yousafzai  (opinion)
Rea Singh Mishra, Grade 9 student at Rato Bangala School, Kathmandu

Kathmandu Post, October 18, p.7

·         Malala was brought up in a society where girls were discouraged from attending school. But her father, Ziauddin Yousafzai, an education activist, encouraged her to go to school and supported her campaign for education

OCT 17 -

A young, courageous education campaigner left many people wondering how she could be so bold for standing up for girls’ education and demanding educational rights from the early age of 11 . At that age, she blogged anonymously for the BBC Urdu Service about living under the fundamentalist Taliban’s edict that restricted girls from going to school in her home town in the Swat Valley, in the northwestern Pakistan. She made appearances on talk shows and, meanwhile, her blogging identity was revealed. But the more her public profile rose, the dangers she faced increased. She started receiving death threats but she continued with what she was doing and what she believed in. And at the age of 15 she got shot in the head by the Taliban….more

Girl students' attendance up after schools built toilets

Himalayan Times, October 18, p.6

DADELDHURA: Schools in Alital of Dadeldhura have emerged as a good example of how school drop-out rate of girls can be reduced by building toilets. After the schools constructed toilets on their premises, girls have started attending classes regularly, which was not the case earlier. According to Tek Bahadur Rawat, a teacher, girl students earlier used to stop attending classes during menstruation as the schools lacked toilet. But after building modern toilets, girl students are attending classes regularly. “Even female teachers hesitated to attend schools during their menstruation ... more

झूटो साक्षरता पढ्नै नजान्ने साक्षरहरू 

False literacy: literate who can not read

Kantipur Nepali language daily, October 18, front page

.. Kantipur did a field study of people claimed to have been made literate by the government literacy drive last year. Many people in the list were found to be still illiterate, some were already dead..more (Nepali language)

फर्जी साक्षरता 

Fake literacy

Kantipur Nepali language daily, October 18, p.7

..The government is unconcerned, clueless and silent while a foul play is going on in the name of literacy in wards and villages of Kathmandu valley..more (Nepali language)

21 children reunite with their parents

Kathmandu Post, October 18, p.1

RAUTAHAT: Twenty one children who were rescued from India with help from Indian police recently were handed over to their parents on Friday, police said. Acting on a tip, Indian police had raided several bag factories in Mumbai and Bangalore and rescued the children. Most of them were from Inarbari, Debahi, Maulapur and Fatuwa Maheshpur villages of Rautahat. (PR)  

Rescued boys handed over to parents

Himalayan Times, October 18, p.6

RAUTAHAT: As many as 21 children who were forced to as child labours in various parts of India have been rescued with help from Indian police. They were handed over to their parents in Rautahat and Bara today. The minor boys, between 10 and 15 years of age, were rescued from different Mumbai-based factories and Dijeali, a leather manufacturing company based in Bangalore, India, informed District Police Office Gaur. A few weeks ago, as many as 68 minors, from India and Nepal, were found being exploited in labour in the manufacturing company after Indian police raided the facility after righ... more

Call to revise efforts to curb human trafficking

KATHMANDU, OCT 17 -

Anti-human trafficking efforts in the country should be revised with due attention to the changing context, experts said. Making public the Kathmandu Declaration against Trafficking of Women and Children on Friday, the regional network of Action against Trafficking and Sexual Exploitation of Children (ATSEC) in South Asia along with Maiti Nepal urged stakeholders concerned to make coordinated efforts to end human trafficking in the region.

Organisers said the nine-point recommendation to combat trafficking would be forwarded to the Saarc Secretariat ahead of the upcoming Saarc Summit…more

SAsian countries pledge to curb human trafficking

Himalayan Times, October 18, p.2

KATHMANDU: Stakeholders from South Asian countries have decided to strengthen their collaboration efforts against human trafficking in the region during the two-day regional workshop against human trafficking organised in the capital. During the workshop jointly organised by Action against Trafficking and Sexual Exploitation of Children and its Nepal chapter Maiti Nepal, stakeholders concluded upon the need of communal efforts to end human trafficking. The workshop ‘South Asia Regional Workshop on Changing Dimension of Human Trafficking: Regional Efforts’ concluded today making... more

Man netted for selling girl

Himalayan Times, October 18, p.2

KATHMANDU: The Central Investigation Bureau of Nepal Police has arrested a man involved in girl trafficking from the capital city. Raju Tamang alias Surya, 25, of Shikharbesi-3, Nuwakot, current resident of Narayanthan of Kathmandu, was nabbed from Machhapokhari area about three weeks ago, the apex body of law enforcement agency informed today after completion of investigation into the case. According to SP Suresh Bikram Shah, the man had sold a 23-year-old girl, a resident of Attarkhel, Boudha, to a brothel in New Delhi of India on May 6. Investigation revealed that the man had sold her fo... more

‘End child labour’
Himalayan Times, October 18, p.3
KATHMANDU: Participants at a programme on Friday said child labour at the brick kilns, hotels and carpet industries, among other sectors, should be abolished. Speaking at a programme organised by Nepal Good Weave Foundation in the capital, lawmaker Madan Bahadur Amatya said children working in the brick kilns should be sent to school for protecting their rights to education. Kiran Rupakheti, Section Officer at the Ministry of Women, Children and Social Welfare, said the government was committed to resolvingchildren's problems. —HNS

Rapist arrested 

Republica online, October 18

SURUNGA (Jhapa), Oct 18: Police on Saturday have arrested Ram Krishna Gautam, a resident of Jhalthal-9 in Jhapa, for allegedly raping a 13-year-old girl.
According to the District Police Office, alleged Gautam, 46, attempted to rape the neighbor girl at his own residence on Thursday. 

The incident took place when the parents of the victims, who are learned to be laborer, were at work, said the police. 
Mukunda Acharya, Superintendent of Police at the District Police Office, Jhapa, said Gautam was arrested after the victims´s parents, who are handicapped, filed petition at the Office with the support of neighbours. RSS

जीवन झन्झन् कठिन 

Life getting tougher

Kantipur Nepali language daily, October 18, p.5

Dolakha.. Life of girl fighting her rapist father is becoming terrible….. more (Nepali language)

हात धुनुभयो ? 

Washed your hands?

Kantipur Nepali language daily, October 18, p.8

..According to WHO two million children die annually due to diarrhea , and this can be reduced significantly by regular hand washing..more  (Nepali language)