Three female acid-attack survivors have received employment in Kumari Bank Limited while one male survivor has been provided employment as a driver on contract basis for the Attorney General’s Office.
The Bank has arranged permanent employment opportunity for two female survivors in Kathmandu valley and one in Hetauda district.
According to Ujjwal Bikram Thapa, an activist against acid-related crimes, informed that Kumari Bank provided employment to Bindabasini Kansakar in Hetauda, and Jenny Khadka and Sangita Magar in Kathmandu.
Thapa also informed that all three females were hired by the Bank as marketing officers.
Similarly, Attorney General Agni Kharel has appointed Ram Raja Thapa of Nuwakot, who was attacked with acid by his wife, as a driver on contract basis.
According to Thapa, the bank will sign a contract letter of employment with the three females today. They started working in the Bank from September 17. It has been reported that the females will be appointed as permanent employees by the Bank following necessary legal process.
Dilip Raj Keshari alias Raj of Maharajgunj, India had attacked acid on Bindabasini Kansakar of Hetauda on April 22, 2013.
Sangita Magar, who had gone to her tuition classes for SLC examination preparation was attacked with acid in Basantapur, Kathmandu by Jeevan BK of Ramechhap on February 22, 2015.
Jenny Khadka was attacked with acid by Bishnu Bahadur Bhujel in Kalopul, Kathmandu on May 16, 2019.
Ram Raja Thapa, 27, was attacked with acid by his wife Pratima Thapa on March 9, 2020.
Activist Thapa said that the employment provided to survivors of acid attack was a step towards sustainable rehabilitation.
Meanwhile, the government passed a bill against acid attack through an ordinance on Thursday with a maximum of 20 years imprisonment and a fine of up to Rs 1 million and free medical expenses. The ordinance, however, has yet to be approved by the President in order for it to become law.
In the last seven years, more than a dozen acid attacks have been reported across the country.