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Rape cases rising in Kathmandu

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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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Vice President Pun leaves for China

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KATHMANDU — Vice President Nanda Bahadur Pun has left for China today on a six-day official visit.

Home Minister Ram Bahadur Thapa bade him farewell at the VVIP lounge of the Tribhuvan International Airport.

On the occasion, a contingent of Nepal Army offered a guard of honour to the Vice President. Chiefs of Nepal-based diplomatic missions, high-ranking government officials and senior security officials were at TIA to see off Vice President Pun who will lead a Nepali delegation to the ’17th Western China International Fair’ in Chengdu, the capital of Sichuan province.

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According to his private secretariat, the Vice President is scheduled to address the inaugural session of the fair on September 20 and a programme on ‘Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) ‘ to be organised by the business community on the same day.

During his stay in China, he will meet Chinese Vice Premier, Sichuan province secretary of the Communist Party of China, and other government representatives. He will also inspect Sichuan-based development programmes.

He will return home on September 24.

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