KATHMANDU, March 13: A clash erupted between police and women demonstrators, who were demanding death penalty for the rapist of a seven-year-old child in Kalaiya, Bara today.
Police today arrested 17 persons for smoking in public places and handed them over to Kathmandu District Administration Office.
“Police have maintained records of offenders. If they are caught smoking in public places again, they will be punished with a fine of Rs 100,” he said.
The anti-smoking law has categorised government offices, corporations, educational institutions, parks, libraries, airports, public vehicles, orphanages, childcare centres, cinema halls, homes for the elderly, cultural centres, children’s gardens, hotels, restaurants, resorts, girls and boys’ hostels, department stores, religious sites and industries as public places where smoking is not allowed. The law also prohibits sale and distribution of tobacco-related products in these areas. According to the law, which took effect in August 2011, any individual or firm breaching the law is liable to pay a fine of Rs 100 to Rs 100,000 depending on the nature of violation.
According to the National Demographic Health Survey, 2011, in Nepal, 52 per cent male and 13.3 per cent female belonging to age group of 15-49 use tobacco products. –