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Lawmakers demand life sentence for rapists

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KATHMANDU — Lawmakers have demanded a life imprisonment for the rape of a minor, an elderly woman or a physically disabled.

Registering an amendment proposal to the newly enacted laws, ruling NCP lawmakers Bimala Paudel Rai and Dilkumari Rawal (Parbati) have sought an increment in the sentence for the rape of a child under 10, a woman above 70 or a category ‘A’ disabled person, through the addition of sub-sections to Section 41 of the Criminal Code.

The newly enacted Criminal Code has provisioned life imprisonment only for six crimes — killing after torture, murder after rape, genocide, murder after kidnapping, killing after plane hijacking or through setting off an explosion, and killing through poison in mass-produced food and drink items.

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Life imprisonment under the new law is 25 years in jail while Section 219 of the Criminal Code requires a maximum 16 years jail for the rape of a child below 10 and additional five years jail if the child is disabled.

Likewise, the section provisions a minimum 7 years to a maximum 21 years in rape cases other than marital rape. However, the law doesn’t mention any additional sentence for the rape of an elderly woman.

The amendment bill is currently under discussion in the upper house.

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Bijaya Dashami today

Pratigya Waiju

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KATHMANDU- Today, Hindus across the country are observing Bijaya Dashami today.

The 10th day of Bada Dashain is celebrated all over the country with great enthusiasm by receiving ‘tika’ and ‘jamara’ and blessings from elders.

Although the auspicious hour or the Mul Sait for receiving ‘Devi Prasad’ has been fixed at 9:51 am, the entire day after the immersion of the Goddess is auspicious for that purpose.

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The worship of Durga Bhawani at Dashainghars over nine days concludes formally on the day of Bijaya Dashami after the Abhishek or sprinkling of holy water takes place marking the beginning of tika.

People receive tika and jamara till the full moon day. Tika and jamara are considered the auspicious blessings of the goddess Nava Durga and they signify prosperity.

It is believed that one need not seek an auspicious hour if one undertakes any new assignment, campaign or journey on the auspicious day of Bijaya Dashami.

The Vijaya Dashami festival is celebrated in commemoration of the victory of truth over evil and the victory of divine forces over demonic forces.

 

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