New rules for women in Nepal: permission must be taken from local ward before traveling abroad

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The Nepal government has come up with a new rule in the defense of women, under which if a woman has to travel abroad, she has to get permission from her family and local ward. Women under the age of 40 are included under this law. Authorities in Nepal have supported this new rule.



Officials say this new rule has been introduced to protect vulnerable Nepali women from falling prey to human trafficking. Director-General of Nepal's Immigration Department, Ramesh Kumar, said that human smugglers make women of weaker, uneducated and poor sections their victims by claiming attractive jobs abroad.


Ramesh Kumar said that these women are sexually abused and apart from this many types of atrocities are done. Ramesh Kumar said that women under the age of 40 will not need such documents for traveling abroad. This new rule will only apply to women who are weak and traveling abroad for the first time.

In addition, this rule has been applied especially to lonely and dangerous African and Gulf countries, where Nepali women do not get work permits. Talking about national human rights figures, in the year 2018, about 35,000 people including 15,000 women and 5,000 girls were trafficked.

Women activists expressed protest

Activists working for women's rights have strongly criticized the proposal. Critics have lodged their protest against this new rule from social media to the streets. Activists have described this rule as unconstitutional and said that it is an attempt to violate the freedom of movement of women and the right to live.

The law will be implemented in a few months

The government, which prohibits women from going abroad, says that at present most of Nepal's migrant laborers are men. According to the Nepal Labor Migration Report 2020, 3.5 million people in the country have been issued labor permits to work abroad. Of these, the number of women is only five percent. The implementation of this new rule was sent to the Ministry of Home Affairs, there is a possibility that it will come into force in the coming months.