Agreement Reached Between Government of Nepal and Family of Aarati Shah

  March 13, 2024 By: INSEC

On March 12, 2024, an agreement of five points was reached between the Government of Nepal, Ministry of Home Affairs and the family of 23-year-old Aarati Shah, of Mithila Bihari Municipality-3. The family had been protesting since June 16, 2023 against the killing case of Aarati Shah.

An agreement has been reached between the aggrieved party and the Government of Nepal, outlining the following points: deploying a team from the Nepal Police Central Investigation Bureau to conduct a thorough investigation into the Aarati Shah killing case, coordinating with the victim’s family during the investigation, and submitting a report within 45 days. Additionally, based on the evidence obtained, there will be re-prosecution in accordance with existing laws. The Ministry of Home Affairs will provide necessary facilitation for financial assistance to the victims’ families, and  the victims’ families will withdraw their protest programs.

Narayan Prasad Bhattarai, Joint Secretary and Spokesperson of the Ministry of Home Affairs, along with Chief District Officer of Kathmandu, Jitendra Basnet, and Deputy Secretary of the Ministry of Home Affairs, Ekdev Adhikari, have jointly signed the letter of agreement. Similarly, the deceased’s mother Nirmala Devi Shah, brother Prem Shah and maternal uncle Santosh Kumar Shah have signed the agreement on behalf of the aggrieved party.

It has been alleged that Aarati Shah was killed by her husband Motibabu Shah, 32, and her father-in-law, Madanmohan Shah, 70, on May 21, 2023 due to dowry. Aarati’s family was protesting in Kathmandu demanding a fair investigation into the incident.

INSEC Madhesh Province Office, Janakpurdham