Cases of divorce in Bhutanese refugees’ camps are on the rise following their rehabilitation in the third countries.
Nepal Bar Association, Jhapa Chapter, has been delivering free legal assistance to the needy people in association with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), reports Rastriya Samachar Samiti (RSS).
Nepal Bar Association, Jhapa Chapter, has been conducting free legal service since 2003.
Director of the Programme, advocate Bhupal Kattel said that as many as 1,000 such cases have been registered in the court during eight years’ period. During the current fiscal year, some two dozen cases belonging to different issues have been registered so far, according to the report.
Kattel said that of the total cases, 75 per cent belong to divorce. “Such cases are on the rise due to trend of polygamy and migration to the third countries–especially the U.S.A and Canada.”
It is said that the cases of divorce were rising as the partners differed over the migration process to the third countries.
The RSS further reported that some 60 refugees residing in different camps of Jhapa, Morang, Sunsari and other districts are languishing in different jails in connection to criminal charges.