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Faced with growing instances of kidnappings for ransom and for political purposes, Nepal’s parliament passed Thursday an anti-kidnapping law for the first time ever.

Speaking at the winter session of parliament Thursday, Speaker Subas Nembang said an overwhelming majority of the parliamentarians passed the law aimed at providing legal teeth to the government to take action against those involved in kidnapping and taking illegal hostages, a crime simply taken as a public offense so far.

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