Under the Weight of the Muluki Ain

The legal fight for gender equality in Nepal involves in large part the effective implementation of legislation which already exists, to counter the retrograde legacy of the Muluki Ain.

The Muluki Ain, the general civil and criminal code that governs Nepali society, reflects traditional mores and in today's modern context, can be called extremely discriminatory against women. First formulated under the reign of Surendra Bickram in 1853 (1910 B.S.), it was last modified by King Mahendra in 1963.

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