Nepal: Threats made to victim of domestic abuse
"The Office strongly urges the state authorities, including the Nepal Police and Chief District Officer, to take measures to ensure the security of the victim, her family, witnesses, the lawyers representing the victim, and other human rights defenders, in line with their obligations under domestic law," added the OHCHR-Nepal statement.
In a case that highlighted the serious issue of domestic violence in Nepal, Ms. Idrisi's husband and a member of his family were convicted for attempted murder by setting her on fire on 6 November 2007. Ms. Idrisi suffered severe burns as a result of the attack.
OHCHR-Nepal encouraged the Government to ensure that "robust" legislation on domestic violence, consistent with international standards, be passed as a matter of priority.
22 January 2009
Source: UN News Centre
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