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Over 6000 doctors hand over their license to NMA

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KATHMANDU  — More than 6000 doctors handed over their license and aprons to the Nepal Medical Council and halted all medical services except emergency.

The NMA has been demanding for the amendment to the new Criminal Code Act that came into force on August 17.
Dr Mukti Ram Shrestha, the president of NMA handed over license and aprons to NMC. There are 22000 licensed doctors in the country.

Criminal Code Act, stipulates tougher penalties for criminal negligence in the treatment of patient. Doctors opposed to the provisions and have been protesting against the government.

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Issuing a press release on August 17, NMA had withdrawn all its protest programmes till August 31.

Both government and private doctors halting medical services took part in a protest march that began from Maitighara Mandala and ended at New Baneshwor. The doctors joined the march wearing apron and stethoscopes.

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About 7,029 girls, women rescued from traffickers in five years

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KATHMANDU—A total of 7,029 women and children were rescued from border by Nepal Police in the past five years.

They were rescued from Jhapa, Ilam, Morang, Udaypur, Sankhuwasabha, Parsa, Sarlahi, Mohottari, Siraha, Chitwan, Makwanpur, Nuwakot, Sindhuli, Nawalparasi, Rupandehi, Kapilvastu, Gulmi, Dang, Banke, Bardiya, Jumla, Kailali and Kanchanpur while being trafficked. Out of those rescued, 3,896 were under the age of 18 years.

According to Nepal Police Spokesperson and Senior Superintendent of Police Uttam Raj Subedi, Nepali women and girls are vulnerable to trafficking due to the porous border with India.

Januka Dhakal, vice-chair of Samaj Utthan Mahila Manch, an organisation which has been working to prevent trafficking of girls and women, said lack of awareness and poverty made women and girls more vulnerable to trafficking. The traffickers target such women and girls with the promise of lucrative jobs in foreign countries.

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Most of such women end up in brothels in India.

Girls and women are trafficked mainly for prostitution, sex slavery and forced labour.
Nepal’s anti-trafficking law stipulates 20-year jail sentence and a fine up to Rs 200,000 for anyone found guilty of human trafficking.

The Ministry of Home Affairs has approved a proposal submitted by Inspector General of Police Sarbendra Khanal seeking establishment of Human Trafficking Bureau and Cyber Bureau.

The Ministry of Finance has allocated budget for setting up the two bureaus. Nepal Police hopes that it will be easier to prevent trafficking of girls and women after the bureaus are set up.

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