19 February 2019: A scrutiny of recent media reports about rape and murder of young Nepalese girls, merely 10 to 13 years of age, reveals an extremely confronting development – almost all of them were raped, tortured and killed within a short distance from the safety of their parents and homes.
Nepalese authorities today confirmed that an 11-year-old disabled girl whose body was found half-burnt in Dhanusha district was gang-raped before she was set on fire.
It is not immediately clear if the perpetrators set the minor on fire before or after she was allegedly murdered.
Duttiya Rasaili from Mithila Municipality was found in a sugarcane field “around 700 metres from her home”, reports said today. She was apparently missing since Wednesday night after attending a wedding reception.
The “half-burnt” body of Ms Rasaili was sent to Janakpur Zonal Hospital for examination. A post mortem has now revealed that she was raped by multiple men before she was killed, Nepalese media reported. Police claim they already have one suspect under arrest and are close to cornering the rest.
Another 11-year-old girl from eastern Nepal town of Biratnagar was allegedly raped and murdered by her neighbours on January 26. The naked body of the victim, Rupmati Das also fondly known as “Guddi”, was found floating in the local Singhiya River the following day. The site where Guddi’s body was found is “around 600 metres away from her home”.
Police have since arrested and charged Abbas Ansari and Chandu Mahato for the horrendous crime, reports said. The duo, Guddi’s alleged killers, is accused of kidnapping her as she walked to a neighbour’s house to watch television. Mr Anasari had apparently attempted to rape Guddi’s aunty on the same day.
An autopsy report conducted by BP Koirala Institute of Health Sciences in Dharan confirmed the rape and strangulation of Guddi, The Kathmandu Post said.
Earlier in November, a 12-year-old girl was raped and murdered in Udaypur district. Her body, also, was discovered in a bush “around 700 metres from her house”. Police suspected Anjila Khadka was raped and then murdered by five men.
In September 2018, police arrested a 27-year-old man on suspicion of raping and murdering Shriya Sunar, a 10-year-old girl from Pumdibhumdi in Pokhara. Kusum Paudel, the alleged murderer, reportedly told police that he tortured, raped and killed the minor under the influence of alcohol and marijuana – after she refused to give in to his demands (of having sex). The Class 3 student’s body was found within 50 metres of her maternal home where she was staying.
Human rights activists complain the Nepalese government has not made any convincing progress in finding killers of the 13-year-old.
The Class 9 student had gone missing after she left her friend’s home on July 26 last year. Her body was found the next day in a sugarcane field – which is said to be “not far” from her home. The murder of Nirmala Pant prompted national protests putting immense pressure on the Oli Government. Rumours of the government’s “protection” of the actual perpetrators has only fuelled public anger against the government.
Apart from these representative cases that came under media’s scrutiny, there have been a number of other cases of serious sexual assault on women – a crime trend deserving serious and urgent attention of the government.