Parbat district police have arrested the victim’s father and uncle on the charge of raping his own daughter. According to the information provided by District Police Office Parbat, the 44-year-old father who raped his daughter and his own 36-year-old uncle have been detained by the police.
According to the police, the 16-year-old girl was raped by her father on May 2 and her uncle on July 23. Police Inspector Rajendra Adhikari informed that two people were arrested by the police based on the complaint filed by the girl’s brother against the father and uncle who had raped them. According to the official, it has been seen in the preliminary investigation that the mother of the victim is mentally ill and the wife of the relative is not with the uncle.
The incident is being further investigated and the police inspector informed that a case has been registered in the district court under coercion against the arrested. The names and addresses of the arrested and the victims have been kept confidential. The initial investigation is that the hands and feet were tied after being tortured during the rape. The government has instructed to investigate and take action immediately.
The price of women’s labor The scene of police chasing women pulling carts and selling vegetables in the city market is very sad. Even in the village, it is seen that they are carrying loads of grass, straw and firewood, tending cattle and doing other household chores. How much self-esteem has that work given to women?
What are the definitions of secure income, self-esteem, self-respect and dignity, does it include women’s labor or not? The society has not been able to recognize the labor of women who are working as domestic workers in other’s houses to earn a living after finishing the housework. Society is moving forward with the ideal that mothers are great and sacrifice for the family.
Within the definition of decent work, all forms of work must be treated equally. No occupation should be discriminated on the basis of work. In another language, respect for any kind of work, whether physical or mental, is called dignity of work. All types of work are respected and equal. This means that no profession is superior or inferior.
Women’s participation in local, provincial and union structures is visible, but it has not yet been taken to a decisive level. Due to social and cultural values and patriarchal thinking, women’s labor is not properly valued. Violence and abuses against women and girls are increasing. The position of women in the society is miserable. Women are given the responsibility of domestic work and care by the society, but there is no respect for this work.
My acquaintance Juneli is 45 years old. She earns Rs 12,000 to 15,000 per month by working in other people’s homes. It has been 10 years since I worked as a domestic worker. Her husband is also a worker. But he drinks a lot. He has a habit of coming to the camp and quarreling with his wife and children. Juneli works more than 18 hours a day doing her house and other people’s house. However, the society does not consider his labor worthy.
The householder pays the youth working in the informal sector on their own account. There are no fixed rules. The housework is done, but even the work done in this way does not get the reward according to the effort. Their work has no value. It is too late to account for such work done by women and make appropriate policies. It is important to address the problems of women working in the informal sector legally.
Most of the wage jobs are held by men. Majority of women are in non-paying jobs. Agriculture is the main source of income for rural women. Most of the women devote their productive energy to caring for the family. Spending the energetic age of women in such jobs that do not generate financial income is also a serious problem for the economy.
Recently, the means of production are changing. But men are getting jobs faster than women. Production has been shifting from agriculture to industry and services. After agriculture, the construction sector is the largest employer. However, men are paid more than women regardless of skill. Although the manufacturing and financial business sectors create jobs, it is men who reap the benefits.
Women are also carrying bricks, carrying sand and mud. But he has not got the helmet and gloves. Social security became a different matter. Lack of education, family responsibilities and constraints have limited women’s economic opportunities in the informal sector. He is also underpaid. The authorities do not pay attention to his rights.
The informal economy consists of economic activities, enterprises and workers that are not protected by the state. Government policies on the safety and welfare of informal workers, agricultural and domestic workers, transport workers and street traders are almost invisible. The position of women workers is even more critical. There is a lack of toilets and pad changing rooms at the workplace. This affects women’s health. On the other hand, women are forced to work while carrying their children on their backs or sleeping on the cold floor.
The main challenges faced by women working in the informal sector are lack of employment contracts, low wages, lack of access to social security and benefits, and lack of organizations to raise their voice. The state does not have an answer to the question of what to do in case of an accident while working in this way.
The Labor Act-2074 does not provide a clear definition of informal sector and informal employment. No job is informal, but that is limited by definition. The state cannot escape from the obligation to arrange the necessary arrangements including the appointment letter by listing the labor sector in which women are involved, especially the informal sector, as dignified labor.