Kathmandu, 16 September : Parliamentarian Shanta Chaudhary from Rastriya Janata Party-Nepal has questioned state's priority amid increasing violence against women, including rapes. She has also demanded chief minister Prithvi Subba Gurung of Gandaki Province to tender his resignations on moral grounds.
"At a time when the state is yet to nab the culprit of Nirmala Panta and provide a safe environment for women, it is shameful that the the Chief Minister wants to legalize prostitution and generate tax," Chaudhary said as she addressed the parliament.
She also scorned the whole idea of legalizing prostitution in a country that was home to "Bhrikuti and goddess Sita."
On September 11, Gurung had proposed to provide identity cards to sex workers to manage the sex industries because the sex industry was flourishing in the shadows despite ample attempts to curb it. Gurung opined that doing so would help the government to collect tax and avoid exploitations and profits to certain individuals. Gurung had said so during a program organized by Hotels Association of Nepal.