Nepal Now: On the move

UPDATE: What happened to Nepal's rape law?

January 28, 2021 Marty Logan Season 2 Episode 11
UPDATE: What happened to Nepal's rape law?
Nepal Now: On the move
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Nepal Now: On the move
UPDATE: What happened to Nepal's rape law?
Jan 28, 2021 Season 2 Episode 11
Marty Logan

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Advocates for women were excited last year when they heard that changes were coming to Nepal’s rape law, which has long been criticized as ineffective. On this show we spoke to youth activists who had met with the attorney general and other lawmakers and were energized and excited by the process. But when the ordinance containing the revisions was signed by the president, not all of the rumoured improvements were there. Left out was removal of the statute of limitations that says a rape charge must be filed within one year and broadening of the scope of victims of rape to include men, boys and persons of other genders.

So what happened? My reading and discussion afterwards led me to believe that entrenched women’s groups had been defending their turf: they didn’t want the focus to turn from women as the only possible victims of rape, and risk losing attention and resources for their work. But as today’s conversation with Anita Thapalia from the Legal Aid and Consultancy Centre reveals, it was more complex than that.

If you enjoy this episode, don’t forget to follow, like or favourite Nepal Now on your usual podcast platform. You’ll find us on Google, Spotify and Apple podcasts, and many more. You can learn more about the show on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, where you can follow us for updates. I’m at marty@martylogan.net if you’d like to send me an email.

Resources

Legal Aid and Consultancy Centre (LACC)

Nepal Now social links

Facebook

Instagram

Twitter

Thanks as always to Nikunja Nepal for advice and inspiration.

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Advocates for women were excited last year when they heard that changes were coming to Nepal’s rape law, which has long been criticized as ineffective. On this show we spoke to youth activists who had met with the attorney general and other lawmakers and were energized and excited by the process. But when the ordinance containing the revisions was signed by the president, not all of the rumoured improvements were there. Left out was removal of the statute of limitations that says a rape charge must be filed within one year and broadening of the scope of victims of rape to include men, boys and persons of other genders.

So what happened? My reading and discussion afterwards led me to believe that entrenched women’s groups had been defending their turf: they didn’t want the focus to turn from women as the only possible victims of rape, and risk losing attention and resources for their work. But as today’s conversation with Anita Thapalia from the Legal Aid and Consultancy Centre reveals, it was more complex than that.

If you enjoy this episode, don’t forget to follow, like or favourite Nepal Now on your usual podcast platform. You’ll find us on Google, Spotify and Apple podcasts, and many more. You can learn more about the show on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, where you can follow us for updates. I’m at marty@martylogan.net if you’d like to send me an email.

Resources

Legal Aid and Consultancy Centre (LACC)

Nepal Now social links

Facebook

Instagram

Twitter

Thanks as always to Nikunja Nepal for advice and inspiration.

Music: amaretto needs ice ... by urmymuse (c) copyright 2018 Licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution Noncommercial  (3.0) license. http://dig.ccmixter.org/files/urmymuse/57996 Ft: Apoxode

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Music by audionautix.com.

Thank you to the Association of Community Radio Broadcasters of Nepal and Himal Media for use of their studios.