Women in Nepal protest cash incentive for men marrying widows
Last Updated: Monday, August 10, 2009, 23:23
Kathmandu: Around 200 women on Monday came out against a new government-sponsored "dowry" scheme here to promote widow remarriage in Nepal saying it was an "insult" to them.

The Nepal government last month announced to introduce the scheme whereby men will be paid USD 650 to marry widows.

Claiming that such a scheme was an "insult" to them, the women chanted slogans and waved placards that read "we don't want government dowries" and "Don't put a price on your mother".

The campaigners marched towards the government headquarters and handed over a letter of protest to the authorities concerned saying such schemes cannot help "single women" in the largely conservative Hindu society in Nepal.

"We oppose the government's decision to offer cash incentives for men who agree to marry widows," said protest organiser Lily Thapa.

"We want the government to empower women who are widowed and provide them with employment and healthcare facilities instead of such schemes which would only reduce them to a source of cash," she said.

Bureau Report

First Published: Monday, August 10, 2009, 23:23

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