She was regularly beaten and sexually abused by her boyfriend. Many times he even tried to kill her. She lived in fear of him but didn’t know of a way out. One particular day, the 3 Angels Community Radio (3ACR) ‘Legal Counselling’ program was airing. The topic of discussion was about how to report and who to contact if they were being abused or victimized. After listening to the episode she called the radio station. She shared the things that were happening in her life. The 3ACR staff were concerned for her safety and asked her to come and talk with the lawyer who presents the ‘Legal Counselling’ program.
With the help of the 3 Angels Nepal (3AN) lawyer, she filed a case with the police and her boyfriend was arrested. He is now in police custody and the case is being heard in the courts. The girl received much needed medical treatment and with the help of the 3AN team, is now working towards re-establishing her life in safety and freedom.
Cases of domestic violence are significantly on the increase in Nepal. 3ACR reaches over 20 million people every day. Vulnerable women and girls in remote locations are hearing these life saving messages that violence and abuse is NOT OK and that there are people who can help them.
Throughout the Nepal lockdown, 3 Angels Community Radio has been continuously helping communities through informative radio programming as well as distribution of basic necessities such as food and clothing.
As many people have lost their jobs, a lot have been suffering from mental issues, a number of families are not able to put food on their plates, and the risk of trafficking is continuously increasing. Out of desperate need, some may be resorting to selling sexually explicit materials online, while some may be easily lured to crossing the borders illegally in search of foreign employment. Our partner, 3 Angels Nepal, turned to communities, reaching them one by one and conducting awareness programs so that women and children remain informed.
One of the key objectives of the 3 Angels Community Radio (3ACR) is to inform the public and raise awareness on relevant issues, particularly human trafficking. This holds true even when the COVID-19 pandemic struck the country. During the pandemic crisis, they were able to relay reliable information from the World Health Organization while maintaining most of their regular programming. One of the staff shares what else the team have been able to do during this crisis.
She is now leading the children’s program and has received several requests from schools and parents to visit and talk with the students. Her contribution in this increase of requests and participation from the audience is a great opportunity for us as we strengthen our advocacy on child rights and women’s issues.
3 Angels Community Radio (3ACR) had the opportunity to visit a small settlement area in Pokhara to provide training to a group of women living in the slums. Jeevan, 3ACR's news chief shares one of the women's story with us.