SC issue show cause to government
Kathmandu, March 28- Responding to a Public Interest Litigation (PIL), the Supreme Court today on monday show cause notice to the government authorities demanding reasons why they do not declare torture as a crime.
A single bench of Justice Kalyan Shrestha ordered the government to furnish explanation withing 15 days.
Advocate duo Rajendra Ghimire and Kedar Prasad Dahal had filed a PIL seeking the apex court order to the Prime Minister’s Office and Cabinet, the Ministry of Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Parliamentary Secretariat and the Law Reform Commission to amend the Compensation Act 1997 to incorporate torture as a crime and make it punishable.
Citing that Nepal has signed international rights laws including United Nations Declaration on Human Rights 1948, International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights 1966 and Convention Against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment 1984 the petitioner sought government’s endorsement of the provisions to respect the rights of the people by amending the Compensation Act 1997.
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