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2 women gang raped in Saptari

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RAJBIRAJ — Two women were gang raped in Saptari district within 24 hours, police said on Monday.

The women, ages 18 and 31, were raped at Shambhunath Municipality and Bishnupur Rural Municipality in the district on Sunday and Saturday respectively.

A group of five men raped the 18-year-old in a wheat field at Shanbhunath-3 on Sunday night where as the 31-year-old Dalit woman from Bishnupur was gang-raped by two assailants at Majhau on Saturday night.

The first victim was waylaid by two men while returning home after buying medicines from a pharmacy at around 8pm, taken to a wheat field and raped, police said. According to the woman, the two men later called three of their friends to the scene who also took turns raping her.

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She was later rescued by her mother who also reported the incident to the police. The victim was taken to the Sagarmatha Zonal Hospital for treatment abd discharged on Monday.

Police said two of the suspects were arrested the same night while three others are still at large.

Likewise, the second victim was assualted while she was returning home from her relative’s home at around 7pm.

No arrests have been made as of Monday. Police, however, said they have identified the suspects who have fled the village after the crime.

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Drinking water shortage hits life at Yasok in Panchthar

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PACHTHAR — A shortage of drinking water at Yasok Bazar, the center of Kummayak Rural Municipality, has thrown the normal life of the locals out of gear.

The problem arose after the local market management committee removed water pipes installed in the bazaar area. Per household here was getting 50 liters of drinking water once in two days before this.

Water scarcity here is not a new occurrence at Yasok which normally remains dry, but the complete disruption in the supply of taps water has paralysed the life, according to local hotelier Keshab Thapa.

There is no natural or artificial water source nearby the area and locals are forced to dependent on the supply by the local government through tractors in a very limited quantity.

The rural municipality has started fetching water from the local Chhorunga stream and distributing it to the locals. Tractors are used to transport stream water to the area.

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Earlier, the 650 households at Yasok were using drinking water supplied by the Yasok Deurali Drinking Water Project. Regular supply (once in two days) was too less to meet demand. There is a demand for some 250,000 liters of water at Yasok per day.

According to Yasok Market Management Consumers Committee secretary Mahendra Bahadur Khadka, water pipes were removed (without any alternative arrangements) in course of market management efforts and it will take some more days to restore them and water scarcity is to go for more few days

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