Nepal’s government recently unveiled a measure that would require women aged under 40 to provide the consent of their families and local ward offices to travel abroad. Authorities justified the move by saying that it’s needed to protect vulnerable Nepali women from falling victim to human trafficking. Ramesh Kumar KC, director-general of Nepal’s Department of Immigration (DOI), told DW that the rule was proposed after young, uneducated and poorer women were duped by human traffickers with promises of lucrative jobs in foreign countries. The women ended up becoming victims of sexual abuse and other forms of exploitation, he said. “Not all women under 40 require such documents to travel abroad,” Kumar said. “This will be applicable only to those ‘vulnerable’ young women who are first-time travelers and traveling alone on a visit visa to certain ‘vulnerable and risky’ African and Gulf countries, where work permits for Nepali women are restricted,” he added. Watch video 07:25 Share The new life of Dalit women Send Facebook Twitter reddit EMail Facebook Messenger Web Whatsapp Web Telegram linkedin Permalink https://p.dw.com/p/2z99C New life of Dalit women in Nepal ‘Deeply rooted patriarchal mindset’ The proposal, however, has drawn sharp criticism, particularly from women’s rights activists. Critics… Read full this story
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