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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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Country marking today as Black Day

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KATHMANDU- The country is marking today (December 16) as Black Day to protest the disposition of the first democratically elected government by the late former king Mahendra Shah on December 15, 1960.

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Mahendra took charge of the state with the help of the then Royal Nepali Army and formulated the Panchayat System by overthrowing the elected government led by B.P. Koirala and dissolving the parliament.

Various programmes are scheduled on the occasion.

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