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KATHMANDU — The incidents of rape were increasing every year in Kathmandu, according to the police report.

Metropolitan Police Range informed at a programme that till end of March of ongoing fiscal year, it recorded 89 incidents of rape in Kathmandu. There were 112 such incidents in the last fiscal year, while 99 in 2072/073, and 92 in 2071/072 BS.

Deputy Superintendent of Police, Mohan Thapa, said the crimes against women and girls were rising sharply. In rape case, even the police persons were not serious enough on investigating the rape incidents.

The police argued that some reasons behind the increase of sexual assault were misuse of internet and social networking sites, unemployment, yearning for luxurious life, weak implementation of law and deviation from culture.

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In addition to this, the drug abuse was also in rise in Kathmandu.

Range Chief Senior Superintendent of Police, Bishworaj Pokhrel, said the police would take initiative to reduce the rape incidents by formulating an action plan ensuring the participation of people.

“Only the efforts from police persons were not enough, so the cooperation from general public was imperative,” he underscored.According to him, a campaign against this could be launched in each village and school.

Meanwhile, the Range is to build an emergency plan for the study and investigation on the rape.

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All programmes of Nepal Sambat New Year 1139 cancelled

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KATHMANDU— All the programmes to be organised on the occasion of the Nepal Sambat New Year 1139 have been cancelled due to the demise of pioneer of the Nepal Sambat movement, and leader of the Indigenous Nationalities movement and human rights movement, Padma Ratna Tuladhar.

All the programmes have been cancelled in honour of late Tuladhar. A meeting of Nepal Sambat Nhudah National Celebration Committee held today took the decision to this effect.

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A Main Celebration Programme had already been scheduled at Basantapur, Kathmandu, on November 8 on the occasion of Nepal Sambat 1139 New Year this year too as in the previous years. All programmes to be organised at different places on the same day have also been cancelled.

Coordinator of Newa Jagaran Manch, Sujib Bajracharya, said that the meeting also decided to organise all the cancelled programmes at suitable time after the 13th day of the demise of Tuladhar.

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