Rise in reported rape cases ‘increased legal awareness’

- KAMAL PANTHI, Gulariya
Rise in reported rape cases ‘increased legal awareness’

Dec 13, 2014-

Despite various measures put in place to safeguard women and protect their rights, the local administration has failed to keep a check on the rise in the number of rape cases in the district.

Acting police chief of Bardiya district, Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Deep Kumar Basnet, suggested that the reason behind the increase in the number of rape complaints could be attributed to increased awareness among the general public about legal provisions concerning the crime. “So we have to thank the campaigns conducted to raise awareness of rape and sexual assault,” DSP Basnet said. For instance, 77-year-old Balkrishna Sharma of Dhadhwar-6 in the district, who was arrested on charges of molesting a three year-old minor, was remanded in custody as per the directive of the District Court about a week ago.

Likewise, Indian police officers at Baharaich in India have arrested five people who had allegedly gang-raped a 17 year-old girl from Dhodari-4 and remanded them in custody. Meanwhile, police also nabbed a man accused of raping his 13-year-old daughter in the district and put him behind bars.

Last month, a 25-year-old woman was gang-raped nearby a forest in the district by five people. In their confession, the perpetrators said that they had lured the woman by calling her to a nearby forest where she was raped. According to police records, 13 cases of rape were registered in the fiscal year 2012/13 in the district while the number had increased to 15 in the fiscal year 2013/14. The records also show that over a period of three years, 15 cases of bigamy and eight cases of human trafficking has been lodged in the district.  

 

Published: 14-12-2014 09:30

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