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War Spells Double Trouble for Women in Nepal

The upsurge in violence in insurgency-torn Nepal has worsened the already dismal condition of women in the country, with a recent report stating there were 725 cases of murder, illegal detention, abduction or rape last year. The detailed study on crimes against women was conducted by the vice-president of the Federation of Nepalese Journalists, Gopal Budhathoki. Budhathoki points out that with both the rebels and government taking the battle for control of Kathmandu to a new level, the bloodletting has widowed a large number of women. Going by the Attorney General’s Annual Report (2003), there were 129 cases of rape, 51 cases of polygamy and 40 cases of girl trafficking in 2002. Full Story

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