Rape victim pines for normal life


Feb 8, 2019-

A teenage rape survivor in Nawalparasi district has been forced to discontinue her education because she was stigmatised by her townspeople.

The girl was 13 when she was raped by three youths from her town in Nawalpur three years ago. And though her rapists were eventually caught and convicted for their crime, it was her who was ridiculed in the society.  

She said that her place in the society also got robbed on the day she was raped. All she ever want in life is to lead a normal, dignified life.

“I have been sniggered at by people and spat on by the family members of the men who raped me, as if I was not the culprit,” she said.

Her family is too poor to leave the town and start afresh. Her father is a rickshaw puller and the only breadwinner of the family.   

“What little money I earn is just enough to buy food,” said the father. According to him, when the  District Court sentenced his daughter’s rapists to jail a year ago, the judge had also ordered the three convicts to pay a compensation of Rs 100,000 each, but the family has only received Rs 100,000 so far.

The family is not certain if they will receive the remainder sum of Rs 200,000 after the District Women and Children Office—the agency that had supported the girl in the aftermath of her rape—was dissolved effective from this fiscal year.

These days, the girl’s father has been frequenting the office of Kawasoti Municipality with the request of compensation payment.

It has been months, and the municipal office has still not taken any initiative to address our concern, said the father.

Published: 08-02-2019 11:39

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