After Yashuda Kumari Baral completed her grade 12 exams, she left home and made the one day journey from Kalikot to Kathmandu in search of employment and better opportunities. But more than ten job applications, and a year later, she is still unemployed. As a last attempt, she has filed a writ petition in the Supreme Court demanding that the state introduce a new act to address the problems faced by more than four million unemployed Nepalis.
While Article 18(1) of the Interim Constitution states that every citizen shall have the right to employment, Article 18(2) promises to provide social security to women, labourers, senior citizens, the disabled, and the helpless.
Baral who is physically handicapped since the age of four is pursuing her undergraduate studies in Kathmandu while supporting her siblings' education on the side. However, she clarifies that she didn't file the case just to get a job. For her it is more of a symbolic battle against the state and she feels she is representing thousands of unemployed youth in the country.