Kathmandu, 18 March, 2015 :Â A sub-committee formed under the State Affairs Committee (SAC) has started discussion and consultation with bodies concerned regarding the Social Reform Bill-2071 to prepare a report along with suggestions. The Bill is presented in the Legislature-Parliament.
The Act, formulated in 2033 BS, is going to be amended after 38 years.
The Sub-Committee organized a programme at the Committee’s Secretariat at Singh Durbar, today, and asked for suggestions from journalists of different media in this connection.
The media persons said although it was appropriate to determine the ceiling of the expense for social functions and to keep the provision in the bill of not allowing acceptance and offering of dowry or other gifts in marriage ceremony and the stipulation of a fine of Rs 50,000 and 18 months imprisonment if found doing so, there was the need of commitment for its practical implementation.
They also questioned whether the law was going to be formulated only for voiceless people.
Stating that it was necessary to formulate the bill, the media persons suggested drafting a bill in view of villages and traditions. They also said that there should be courage to take action against such ministers as there is still a trend of showing property got as a dowry in course of releasing their property details after the approval of the bill.
Media persons present on the occasion were Tanka Panta, Binu Subedi, Paban Barsha Saha, Prakash Acharya, Narayan Kafle, Balram pandey, Prakash Silwal, Anil Bogati, Krishna Poudel, among others.
Sub-Committee Coordinator Nabindra Raj Joshi said that suggestions of media persons would help to prepare report as media persons are well known about people of different areas and culture of the society.
Committee Member Rameshwor Phuyal said that the bill should be implemented from Singha Durbar, saying it would be formulated remembering those facing violence in the name of dowry.
Lawmakers Rawati Raman Subedi and Bharat Kumar Shah also expressed their views.
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