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12-year-old mentallly-retarded girl gang raped in Itahari

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ITAHARI — In the latest incident od gang rape, a 12-year-old mentallly-retarded girl of Itahari-13, has become another victim of gang rape as a group of three men allegedly raped haer on Tuesday evening.

Police have arrested one of the accused, Avinash Sardar, 18, a construction laborer. Police said they have intensified search for the two others who are at large after the heinous crime.

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Polic3e said, the accused on Tuesday evening called the girl, who were unware of criminal minds of the accused, into a shop promising her some food. They reportedly gave her Rs 50 to lure her in. The child was then raped by the three men.

The incident happened just a few months after another girl was raped in Itahari-2. On December 31, a 16-year-old girl was raped by three men.

The victim has already returned home after undergoing treatment at a health center, police said.

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Tiger population increased in Nepal

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KATHMANDU — At a time when the number of tigers in many countries is witnessing a decline, the population of tigers has almost doubled in under a decade in Nepal, according to a recent survey led by the government.

The latest tiger census report — released on Sunday to mark the National Conservation Day — puts the number of big cats at 235, nearly double from the recorded 121 tigers in 2009, making Nepal the first country on track to meet the international goal of doubling the tiger population by 2022.

The success of tiger conservation in Nepal has been largely attributed to the country’s commitment for the adoption of innovative tools and approaches towards conserving these big cats.

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Although the number of wild tigers dropped by more than 95 per cent since the 20th century, now, for the first time in conservation history, their numbers are on the increase.

According to World Wildlife Fund (WWF), an organisation dealing with wildlife conservation and endangered species, this news can help Nepal become the first country to double its national tiger population since the ambitious Global Tiger Recovery Plan (TX2), a goal to double tiger numbers in the wild by 2022.

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