Rights groups demand justice for 14-year-old rape victim in Itahari

- Post Report, ITAHARI

Feb 7, 2018-

Various rights groups and social organisations organised a sit-in outside the Area Police Office, Itahari, demanding justice for a 14-year-old rape victim on Tuesday.

Their delegation also submitted a memorandum to the in charge of the police post, calling for a swift investigation into the case and appropriate action against the persons involved in the crime as well as those who forced the victim and her family to agree on a financial settlement and let the culprits go scot-free.

The teenage girl was raped by Jokam Limbu of Dharan and Manish Shrestha of Biratnagar at a resort in Itahari-2 on the New Year’s Eve.

SP Bidhyananda Majhi, Inspector Chiranjibi Dahal and Sub-Inspector Bhim Bahadur Khatri had allegedly mediated a Rs 3 million settlement between the families of the perpetrators and the victim at the Area Police Office, Itahari, on January 2.

When the case was revealed nearly a month later, Nepal Police had formed a five-member committee, led by SSP Hari Prasad Pal, to probe into the matter. 

The panel found the agreement paper signed by the two parties at the Area Police Office, Itahari. 

The three police officers who allegedly oversaw the settlement were then recalled to the centre for inquiry. 

Police also arrested one of the accused, Jokam, who has been remanded to a seven-day investigative custody by the Sunsari District Court. 

The other accused, Manish, is at large. 

Published: 07-02-2018 07:39

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