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Villagers facing trouble for no motorable bridge

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BANKE—“We should cross the Rapti River to purchase daily consumptive goods. Motorway is fragile; there is no cemented bridge over Rapti; means of transportation are not operational. Rainy season is quite painful”, said Bharat Buddhathoki, a local of Raptisonari rural municipality-1, Khokari.

With this, the seven village of the area-Baseri, Duweri, Sunaha, Bhamka, Amuwa, Bhawanipur and Sunkhare have not been only detached from district headquarters but also the local market.

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Two suspension bridges constructed over the Rapti River are also not convenient so that the locals have to walk for hours to reach Kusum Bazar.

“Our local market is Kusum. We need to walk several hours to reach Kusum Bazar because of inconvenience of the suspension bridge”, Buddhathoki said, adding , “The means of transportations would have been smoothly run had  there been cemented bridge over the river. It would be much easier for locals”.

The motorway has been already constructed in a way to link all these seven villages but absence of bridge over Rapti has troubled the villagers much.

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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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