Zonta Club of Kathmandu collaborates with Nepal Police in fight against domestic violence
Zonta Club of Kathmandu has been working towards women rights and empowerment and has announced its initiative in collaboration with the Nepal Police to support the fight against domestic violence on July 23. In this initiative, Zonta Club of Kathmandu has partnered with a team of 14 well renowned law practitioners and the Nepal Police in an effort to provide legal advice and consultations to the victims of domestic violence. The victims will be provided free legal assistance if she is in need of any kind of help to file a case, compliant or requires any form of legal advise. Any domestic violence victim who has contacted Nepal Police by dialing 100 will be immediately provided with a legal consultant and other legal services directly via phone. This initiative has been formed under the supervision of DIG Bishwa Pokhrel and SSP Kiran Bajracharya, while Advocate Ratna Karki chairs the Zonta Advocacy Committee.
To combat the spread of COVID 19, the Nepal government had imposed a nationwide lockdown from March 25, and since then there has been an increase in the number of domestic violence cases as many women are trapped at home with their abusers. Zontian Seema Golchha, President of Zonta Club of Kathmandu shared, “There has been a rise in domestic violence since the lockdown was declared. Vulnerable women are trapped with their abusers at homes making them more vulnerable. We hope that along with the Nepal Police and the lawyers in our support, we will be able to assist the victims in our fight against domestic violence”