Nepal | April 01, 2020

Arrest warrant issued against former DSP accused of rape

HIMALAYAN NEWS SERVICE

Kathmandu, February 6

A 21-year-old girl has filed an FIR against former DSP Rajkumar Khiuju, accusing him of raping her multiple times over a period of five months at several places, including a police station in Chapagaun Police Circle, Lalitpur.

A permanent resident of Thula Durlung of Mahankal Rural Municipality in Lalitpur, the victim has accused Khiuju of raping her for the first time on February 13 last year at the police station. She claimed that she had visited the police station to obtain a document stating that she was not involved in any kind of illegal activities.

A close aide of the victim and a women’s rights activist, who has been supporting the victim in the case, alleged while talking to THT that Khiuju had lured the girl inside his office promising to issue the police report and raped her there.

Senior Superintendent of Police Durga Singh at the MPR-Jawalakhel said, “The girl has stated in her FIR that she was lured into the DSP’s room, where he first offered her coffee and later raped her.”

Her police report, however, was issued by Metropolitan Police Range, Jawalakhel. According to the FIR, the last time Khiuju had raped her was towards the end of June 2019, in her rented room at Satdobato. “She has complained of being raped multiple times during the five month period,” SP Singh said. The victim after filing the FIR yesterday was taken to the Patan Hospital for health check-up.

Lalitpur District Court has issued arrest warrant against Khiuju today. SP Singh said, “We are working to arrest the accused with the support of Bhaktapur police and investigate the case.”

The victim’s close aide said, “The girl was intimidated by the first incident of rape. Khiuju took advantage of that and then raped her repeatedly. He either visited the girl’s rented room or ordered her to visit his police station, where he raped her.”

“He had also made a video of the girl being raped and often threatened her of leaking the video on the social media,” said the aide, who represents National Forum for Women Rights Concern Nepal.

According to the victim’s aide, Khiuju also threatened the victim’s illiterate parents not to disclose the matter. “He had threatened the girl’s parents of putting them behind the bars and even murdering them if they disclosed the matter,” the aide told THT.

Police sources said Khiuju was transferred to Biratnagar after the issue surfaced within the police circle. Khiuju resigned around one-and-a-half months ago citing ‘domestic reasons’, but sources said he quit the job after the alleged victim started visiting various police stations in Kathmandu demanding action against him. Khiuju could not be reached for his comment.

The victim also filed an FIR against journalist Raju Basnet.

Basnet is accused of colluding with Khiuju for mounting pressure on her not to disclose the incident.

Basnet, who was at the MPR- Jawalakhel today, was clueless as to why he was implicated in the case.

He denied the accusation and said, “The girl (the victim) had approached me once to get her story published in my newspaper, but I had refused to do so.”


A version of this article appears in print on February 07, 2020 of The Himalayan Times.


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