16 May 2015 10:21 PM AEST: A young girl who was trying to escape Kathmandu’s post-earthquake confusion and devastation was brutally gang-raped by four men who got the 20 year old into their truck by offering her a lift.
It is understood she was leaving for her district because her home in the capital city was razed by the April 25 earthquake.
The victim was apparently waiting for a bus on May 4 at Tinkune (a busy junction area) in Kathmandu to go to her village near Chautara, the headquarters of Sindhupalchowk district. When she hailed the men’s TATA Mobile and said to them that she was going to Chautara, they lied to her saying they too were going towards the same direction, police told Annapurna Post.
When they pulled over at a restaurant in Panauti, roughly 30 kilometres from Kathmandu, the girl had her doubts and told them it was not the right way to Chautara. They assured her that they were indeed going there but once they ate something.
After they had momos (dumplings), the men took her to nearby Gorakhnath Community Forest and took turns to rape. They dumped her back at Panauti in a critical condition, the report says.
The next day the victim went to the Area Police Office at Banepa with the help of the local people and filed a case.
When southasia.com.au’s Nepal correspondent Krandan Chapagain contacted Superintendent of Police Raju Babu Shrestha who is in charge of Kavre district, the latter declined to comment saying he had no knowledge of the matter.
The men have since been arrested based on the victim’s statement. The perpetrators have been identified as 28 year old Shyam Lama of Kavre, 20 year old Kiran Pahari of Panauti, Sunil alias Sujan Ghimire of Kavre and 26 year old Rajan Thapa of Panauti.
There have been a number reported rape and attempted rape cases since the devastating magnitude 7.8 earthquake hit Nepal including a case involving a 59 year old man who tried to rape a 60 year old woman as she returned from the forest with green leaves for her cattle.