Kathmandu, December 24
Protestors conducted a mass signature collection campaign in Maitighar Mandala and submitted the banner with collected signatures to the country office of United Nation in Kathmandu, requesting it to take the initiative to find the culprit(s) and provide justice to 13-year-old Nirmala Panta, who was raped and murdered in Kanchanpur.
After collection of signatures, protesters marched towards the UN Office in Pulchwok and handed over the banner to an official of the UN. On the way to the UN country office, protesters chanted slogans demanding justice for Nirmala and called on the government to nab the culprit(s).
Five months after the rape and murder of Panta, the government is yet to find out the culprit(s). Protesters have hoped for international support through the UN to take initiative in the case and deliver justice to Panta.
Nirmala was raped and murdered in Bhimdatta Municipality, Kanchanpur, on July 26. Her body was found in a sugarcane field. Rights activists, students and Nirmala’s parents, among others, have taken up the campaign ‘#JusticeforNirmala’. The government has yet to make public the real culprit(s) behind the incident.
A version of this article appears in print on December 25, 2018 of The Himalayan Times.