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

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

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.

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

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