Nepal’s legal system has mostly been prosecution-driven and punishment-heavy. It has failed to address the holistic concerns of justice, such as the ones espoused by the restorative justice. In both community and legal-judicial spheres, there is an increasing need of bringing the real stakeholders–the harmed party, the wrongdoer and communities–back to the center of justice.
That need is what gave birth to Nepal Institute of Justice, and its wing Nepal Forum for Restorative Justice. We at the NIJ have been involved in the very formative stages of introducing restorative justice in Nepal. We believe that justice, by all means should be the ‘property’ of the real stakeholders.