Modern Era, Barbaric Society
By Sukdev Chamling
• A six months pregnant woman, Sajaha Ray Kabadiya, was burnt by family members in Banke on Sunday 21 Sept. 2014, due to not bringing enough dowry.
• A 46 years old Ram Krishna Gautam arrested on charge of rape to a 13 years old girl in Jalthala, Jhapa district on 18 October, 2014. A local residence of Jalthala-8, Gautam raped neighboring girl. Both the parents of the girl are deaf and dumb.
• A man, named Pawan Nhou burnt his 25 years old wife in Indrapur-9, Banke for a simple misunderstanding.
• According to the Solukhumbu District Police Office, 10 rape cases have been registered in police record in the year of 2014.
Above mentioned evidences are some representative cases of domestic violence all over Nepal. People are protesting against domestic violence everywhere in Nepal. Despite of it, the cases are visible in different forms day by day.
Recently in the heart of country capital, an unidentified mask-boy attacked two students Sangeeta Magar and Sima Basnet by Acid early in the morning of 22 Feb, 2015. The police are still unable to arrest the culprit, and both victims Magar and Basnet are in undergoing treatment.
It shows the girls are not safe even in the capital, and it is challenging to the state. However, there laws have been passed specially in favor of women in Nepal. Instead of this, domestic violence, sexual assault, rape and rape attempt are unveiling within society.
According to the Informal Sector Service Centre (INSEC)’s recent report, the Patriarchal society and economic dependency on men are the grounds of male domination in the society. But, Law entrepreneur Shankar Limbu tells APD, that the lack of strong judicial mechanism is one of the reasons for increasing violence against women. According to Limbu, there is no easy access of victims in judicial mechanism, which is another reason for increasing criminal mindset in Nepali society. “There are not enough judicial mechanisms,” Limbu says, “Therefore, the oppressor are freely walking around the society.”
Even though, in the urban areas, the judicial bodies are easily available. So, the violence cases disclosed quickly in the urban areas—in the vice versa—the cases are kept secret in the rural areas. The major reasons are fear and threat of criminal and no easy access to the local law executive body. Limbu adds, “If there will be effective presence of the judicial bodies in village, each and every case will not remain secret within there.”
On the other hand, some domestic violence cases are given priority for reconciliation among two sides. Such type of trend affects in investigation and criminal can get freedom.
According to the Police official source, sometimes investigations are being affected due to the witness. “There are no modern technologies with police to use for authentic investigations,” Police source claims, “Though; police have been getting success in the investigation.”
In the adverse, law entrepreneur Limbu insists that there is lack of judicial bodies in comparison to the crimes in the society. However, the example of violence and injustice, in the modern era reminds the barbaric society.