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10 women killed, 27 raped within a month: Report

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KATHMANDU — Ten women were killed and 27 others including adolescent girls became the victims of rape in the month Chaitra (March 14 to April 12), according to a media monitoring report.

The media monitoring carried out by Sancharika Samuha showed that most of the victims were between 10 to 15 years old. The Samuha had monitored 15 national dailies for its study.

The Samuha stated in its report that in course of the monitoring it found the space given to the news related to violence against women by the media was satisfactory.

The monitoring report categorised the perpetrators of violence against women as family members, neighbours, the State, unknown perpetrators and others.

The dailies included in the study include Gorakhapatra, Nagarik, Naya Ptrika, Himalaya Times, Karobar, Rajdhani, Annapurna Post, Nepal Samacharpatra, Commander Post, Sourya Dainik, Nepali Dainik vernacular dailies and The Kathmandu Post, Republica, The Himalayan Times and The Rising Nepal English language dailies.

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Nirmala Panta rape, murder case : Locals protest after wrong suspect paraded

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BHIMDUTTANAGAR — Locals who were protesting against the rape and murder of Nirmala Panta of Kanchanpur’s Bhimdatta Municipality, have enforced shutdown in Bhimduttanagar Bazaar on Tuesday, protesting police’s failure to reveal facts behind the murder of 13-year-old girl and parading wrong suspect on Monday.

The District Police Office, organising a press conference on Monday,had made public Dilip Singh Bista (41), of Baghphanta, Bhimdatta Municipality-19 as Nirmala’s murderer.

Locals have shut down the market area stating that police were not being able to make public the true murderer(s) as they are not convinced by the findings of police citing that Bista was mentally unsound, according to the District Police Office.

Transportation has also been halted.

Bista, a resident of Khanna Chauraha area in Bhimdutta Municipality-19, was apprehended near the scene of crime on Sunday, according to police.

Police making public the wrong suspect has infuriated the locals and fueled the protest.

The agitators including various civil society organisations and human rights defenders have been picketing the District Administration Office and staging rally on the street mounting pressure on the police to reveal the facts behind the heinous crime.

Meanwhile, it had been learnt that police have fired rounds of teargas shells to contain the agitated mob.

Nirmala was found murdered in a sugarcane field on July 27, a day after she had gone to her friend’s home to get a notebook.

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