Nepal | October 17, 2019

Victim’s family accuse police of inaction

Himalayan News Service

Dhangadi, July 6

The family of a girl in Dhangadi have accused police of not taking action against a man who allegedly raped her.

According to the victim, who is an 11-year-old fourth grader at a local school, 36-year-old Ram Narayan Chaudhary, aka Aryan, entered her home at night on June 25 and raped her.

She was abused while her parents were sleeping in another house, the minor said.

“My parents had padlocked the door from outside and gone to sleep in another house.

The man entered my room from the window and sexually abused me after covering my mouth,” said the victim, who also added that she couldn’t reveal the incident to her parents as the man had threatened to kill her and her parents.

According to the victim, prior to the incident, she had also been sexually assaulted by the man three days ago.

After her teacher learnt about the incident he had reported it to her family. According to the victim’s sister, police have remained indifferent to their plea to arresti the rapist even after an FIR was filed against the man.

“The perpetrator is hiding just across the border in India and is in constant contact with his family, but the police have shown brazen apathy and not arrested him,” said the minor’s elder sister, adding that the perpetrator, who is the father of a daughter and husband of two women, had a criminal history.

The victim’s mother revealed that she had received frequent threats over phone from the rapist’s brother to withdraw the case. “We’re getting frequent threats and we also reported the same to the police, but to no avail. The police have ignored our complaint,” said the mother.

District Police Office Kailali Chief SP Sudip Giri said his office was doing the needful to arrest the alleged rapist. “We’ve heard that the man is hiding in India, so we’ve sought the help of Indian police. We will arrest him soon,” he said, adding they were also investigating the threats issued to the victim’s family.

A version of this article appears in print on July 07, 2019 of The Himalayan Times.

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