13 women raped in a month across nation

KATHMANDU: A media monitoring report prepared by the Sancharika Samuha shows that 13 women and girls were raped in a month across the nation.

The Samuha, a forum of women communicators, monitored 15 national dailies over a period of a month from November 17 to December 15. As many as 40 news reports related of incidents of rape and attempted rape were reported during this period.

The monitoring covered the news stories, opinion articles and editorials published in the dailies, except the sports and entertainment.

The dailies monitored include Kantipur, Nagarik, Naya Ptrika, Gorakhapatra, Himalaya Times, Karobar, Rajdhani, Annapurna Post, Nepal Samacharpatra, Commander Post, Saurya Dainik, Nepali Dainik national vernacular dailies and The Kathmandu Post, Republica, The Himalayan Times and The Rising Nepal national English dailies.

As many as 13 forms of violence against women reported by the media were monitored as part of the study. These include rape, sexual abuse, domestic violence, dowry-related violence against women, women trafficking, murder, polygamy, witchcraft, traditional and religious violence against women and those related to the economic, health and political violence.

Similarly, eight incidents of murder were reported in that period while 40 news reports of killings were carried out. There was an incident related to sexual assault while seven news reports related to this were carried out. There was a single case of violation of health rights whereas 53 news stories related to health rights were published.