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Sexual violence must be eliminated : President Bhandari

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KATHMANDU—President Bidya Devi Bhandari has called on the stakeholders to bring the perpetrator(s) in the rape and killing of Nirmala Panta of Kanchanpur to book.

The president said that it was the matter of sorrow that Nirmala’s parents and family were desperately waiting for justice, in her address to a ceremony organized to mark the National Children’s Day.

She has extended condolences to the bereaved family, stating that she was deeply saddened by the murder of Nirmala after rape.  It may be noted that 13 years-old-girl of Kanchanpur was killed after rape on July 26.

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President said,” Police, Civil society and family should be united to combat violence against children including abuse and rape. Sexual violence against children is a taboo against humanity and this must be eliminated.”

According to the president, Children of today are competent and capable citizens of the future; their health and education should be the special focus and priority of the government since their birth.

The government observed this year’s National Children’s day around the theme—“Prosperous Nepal, Happy Nepali; Rights of Children, Concerns of All.”

Child rights activist Gauri pradhan asserted that government of all three levels should follow Child-friendly policies, calling the children as ‘Zone of peace’.

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2 killed, 5 injured in tractor accident

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HETAUDA — Two persons were killed and five others were seriously injured after a tractor fell off the road last evening at Panchpandav village in Bagmati Rural Municipality-4, Makawanpur.

Police said that 50-year-olds Hem Kumar Shrestha and Bakhat Rai of Hariharpur Rural Municipality in Sindhuli district lost their lives in the fatal accident.

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Shrestha died on the spot while Rai breathed his last on the way to a hospital in Hetauda, police added. The tractor (Na 6 Ta 442) was heading to Sindhuli district from Phawarbari in Makawanpur by supplying construction materials.

Those seriously hurt in the incident are Shivamaya Magar, Shakti Rai, Mohan Rai, Krishna Rai and Tilak Rai. The incident site is near Makawanpur-Sindhuli border along Dharan-Chatara road section.

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