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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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176 trafficked Nepalis rescued from Indo-Myanmar border

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KATHMANDU — At least 176 Nepali men and women, who were being trafficked into Myanmar, have been rescued by Manipur police and activists from different parts of Manipur, a northeastern state of India, in the last two days.

On their second day of rescue operation, the Tengnoupal police have rescued atleast 20 Nepalis including 5 women and 15 men, from a Hotel in Moreh town,Imphal Free Press, an English-language daily published from Manipur has reported.

The Moreh police have rescued as many as 60 nationals of Nepal including 45 women and 15 men.

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Earlier, over 105 Nepali women were rescued from Moreh and Imphal, the report stated.

The police team have also arrested the main suspect in the trafficking case identified as Madan Kumar Kharel, 52, Hailing from 07 Prithvinagar, Jhapa, Nepal.

The accused is reportedly responsible for bringing 20 of the 40 Nepali girls who were rescued from Moreh on Friday.

Meanwhile, Police also rescued 51 Nepalis from Imphal including 38 women and 13 men during Saturday rescue operations.

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