BBC news report on paralegal work in Nepal

A BBC news report shared by network member @PrabhakarBagchand on paralegal work in the far west of Nepal:

Today’s BBC Nepali Service radio had a news story on Paralegal work of Far West Nepal. LANCAU paralegal Ms SIta Bista BK and Advisor and Supreme Court Lawyers and Constitutional expert Dinesh Tripathi were also featured on the report. I think this is a positive step towards recognition of paralegal work done by various organization including LANCAU.

Kindly find the link to the report below:

http://www.bbc.com/nepali/bbc_nepali_radio/programmes/p0340xzt

Translation of the news report:

Report on Paralegal work in Far west Nepal On BBC Nepali Service Radio ( 1st February, 2017)

Paralegals actively working in the Far west Nepal are assisting/ counseling people of remote villages to get their documents in place and facilitating their access to government services .Paralegal of Bajura Ms. Sita Bista Bk says We provide help to rural folks in getting their vital information registered and legal identity documents made. We also educate the on their Right to information and encourage them to use it.

Paralegal are people trained on basics of law. They work within the framework of law. They are involved educating people on use of law and raising awareness of their rights and law of people. Of late they have been connecting law with service delivery.

In a more relatively developed district Kailali many rural folks have limited access government services.

Paralegal of Dhanagadhi Sub-Metro-police Phoolbari. Mr Dipak BK says , people are unaware about the importance of citizenship and when to register birth and other vital information. We paralegal have an important role to play in empowering these people.

Supreme Court lawyer and Constitutional expert Dinesh Tripathi says," A large portion of population due to poverty and ignorance was deprived of opportunities but now paralegal have been connecting people to justice and services. The process of legal empowerment has begun in rural areas because of paralegal."

There is lack of authentic data as to exact number of such paralegalsworking in Nepal. However, they are being mobilized by various organizations as community facilitators mobilizers to assist and empower communities.

(This is a translation of report by BBC Nepali Service Correspondent Umid Bagchand from Far West Dhangadhi, Reports starts from 11.42 minute at the end)

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