Two Nepali women from Sindhupalchok have been imprisoned because of a spelling error in the official Nepal Government stamp in their passports. Ankita Nepali, 21 and Sumitra Nepal, 23 were travelling to Kuwait via Delhi when Indian officials detained them for carrying 'fake' passports. They are in Tihar prison in New Delhi.
Their passports were issued by Sindhupalchok district administration in June. Sindhupalchok's Chief District Officer, Jiwan Prasad Oli admits the official stamp has a spelling error. "We were in such a hurry to change the official stamp after the historic HoR proclamation in April, that the error was overlooked," Oli said.
Over 1,600 passports issued from May 19 to July 12 carry the spelling mistake. District administration has sent a letter to the Home Ministry informing them that Ankita and Sumitra's passport are authentic. Over 150 passport holders have received replacements. Four other Nepali women are in Tihar jail, all accused of passport forgery.