13-year-old raped, murdered teen cremated

KATHMANDU: A 13-year-old girl who was brutally murdered after being raped has been cremated after five days since the incident, on Monday.

The girl’s father lit her funeral pyre. The victim's family carried out the final rites on the banks of Mahakali river after receiving her body, which had been kept at Mahakali Zonal Hospital.

A resident of of Ultakham, Bhimdutta Municipality-2, the girl had gone missing on Thursday. On the same day, the young victim had left for her friend’s house, some two kilometres away from her own, to study. She spent almost three hours at her friend’s place before leaving for home.

But she never made it back.

The teen’s body was found a day later, on Friday morning — bruised, lifeless and half clothed. Since discovering the girl's body in such a state, her kin along with the locals have been carrying out protests at the market area in Mahendranagar demanding to find and punish the perpetrators.

The perpetrators are yet to be identified. The girl's uncle, Bhojraj Panta warned, if action is not taken against the guilty, then they would carry out severe protests.

Rape cases have been on the rise in recent times. The government which was formed with prosperity as its lone aim carrying the motto 'Prosperous Nepal, Happy Nepali' is yet to address this particular case and its citizens' particularly women’s basic right to safety and to feel secure on their own land.