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Pregnant South African woman bites rapist’s private part, police hunt for injured criminal

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JOHANNESBURG — A pregnant woman in South Africa’s Mpumalanga bit the penis of a man who raped her in front of her five-year-old child, police said on Wednesday as they searched for the ‘severely injured’ attacker.

South African hospitals are on the alert for a man with an injured penis.

The alleged incident took place on Monday on a plantation on the Spionkop Road outside White River, according to Mpumalanga spokesman Brigadier Leonard Hlathi.

The three-month pregnant woman was allegedly raped at knifepoint in front of her five-year-old daughter after two men — in a white Toyota Tazz — picked up them up while they were hitchhiking.

Instead, she was driven into the bushes and raped at knife-point, police said.

They now hope his injuries will mean the man can be brought to justice.

“We appeal to all health institutions that should they found a man with an injured private part, they must as soon as possible contact Constable Solly Mabuza,” Mpumalanga police said in a statement.

The men, according to the statement, were driving a white Toyota Tazz near the town of White River. They initially threatened the woman, at gunpoint, warning her not to scream.

After she bit her attacker, he fled and was ‘currently not found’, the statement explained.

Rape and sexual assault remain a large problem in South Africa. According to Africa Check, more than 109 rapes were reported each day on average during 2016/17 – totalling 39,828 incidents.

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NC leader Regmi passes away

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KATHMANDU— Nepali Congress leader Keshab Regmi, who contributed to restoring democracy in 1990, has passed away on Thursday night.

Regmi, who was suffering from respiratory problems for long, died at his residence in Gongabu in Kathmandu. Regmi, who also served as secretary of NC, Kaski, played an important role in establishing Nepal Students’ Union, the student wing of the NC.

He was also sent to jail five times for fighting to restore democracy. He is survived by two wives.

His last rites were conducted at Pashupati Aryaghat today itself. People from various walks of life and NC leaders attended his funeral rite.

On the occasion, NC President and former Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba, senior leader Ram Chandra Paudel and General Secretary Dr Shashanka Koirala paid tribute to Regmi by draping his body in the party flag.

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