New Crim­i­nal Code act from Au­gust 18

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At a time when the gov­ern­ment has made all prepa­ra­tions to im­ple­ment the New Crim­i­nal Code from Fri­day, a sec­tion of the so­ci­ety has ob­jected to some pro­vi­sions in­serted in the new code. Sim­i­larly, the par­lia­ment is mulling over for chang­ing its name to ‘Samhita'.

The Nepal Med­i­cal As­so­ci­a­tion (NMA), the um­brella or­ga­ni­za­tion of the med­i­cal doc­tors, strongly ob­jected to some pro­vi­sions of the Crim­i­nal Code 2074 stat­ing that the pro­vi­sions were against the agree­ment reached be­tween the gov­ern­ment and the NMA.

The NMA said the pro­vi­sions amount to la­bel the ser­vices be­ing ren­dered by health work­ers as crime and this has dis­cour­aged the doc­tors from do­ing their work ef­fec­tively. In a state­ment is­sued on Mon­day, the NMA ex­pressed its dis­plea­sure at the gov­ern­ment's move to en­act such con­tro­ver­sial law with­out con­sid­er­ing the sen­si­tiv­ity of tech­ni­cal is­sues and against the in­ter­nal stan­dards. It even threat­ened to halt ser­vices if the pro­vi­sions were not amended.

At the same time, the law­mak­ers have tabled amend­ment pro­pos­als to change its name. The new crim­i­nal code is the amended form of the Crim­i­nal Code Act in­tro­duced some 53 years ago. In Nepal, first Crim­i­nal Code was in­tro­duced in 1853 dur­ing the time of Jung Ba­hadur Rana. Later king Ma­hen­dra re­placed it with new one in 1963 mak­ing re­forms. End­ing caste dis­crim­i­na­tion was the im­por­tant fea­ture of the Crim­i­nal Code in­tro­duced by King Ma­hen­dra.

In the new crim­i­nal code, sev­eral re­forms have been made in jus­tice sys­tem. En­sur­ing prop­erty rights to women, in­creas­ing ages of mar­riage­able men and women, new pro­vi­sion for men to seek di­vorce are some im­por­tant fea­ture of the new code. In pre­vi­ous code, men were de­nied the

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