Complaints of Rape and Attempted Rape on Rise
DSP Hom Bahadur Parajuli of the District Police Office Ramechhap stated that the number of cases of rape and attempted rape against women in the Ramechhap district is increasing every year. He referenced the statistics of District Police Office Ramechhap, which indicated that cases of rape and attempted rape are increasing, with 58 complaints registered in the district within two and a half years.
According to the statistics of the District Police Office Ramechhap, 41 complaints of rape have been registered during this period and 17 complaints of attempted rape have been registered.
Police spokesman Inspector Raju Dhakal said that 16 rape complaints were registered with the police in the financial year 2021-2022, while seven complaints of attempted rape were registered.
In the financial year 2022-2023, 17 complaints of rape were registered with the police and seven complaints of attempted rape were reported by Police Inspector Dhakal.
DSP Hom Bahadur Parajuli, Chief of District Police Office Ramechhap informed that most of the accused of the registered complaints have been arrested and legal proceedings have been initiated.
Stating that rape incidents have increased and girls are more affected, DSP Parajuli said that rape incidents of minor girls increased which indicates to a necessity of awareness program is necessary to reduce it.
Pandav Prasai, President of Ramechhap Bar, said that the victims are actively filing complaints against those accused of rape and attempted rape. “In the past, there the victims of such cases were hesitant to go public, and most cases were not reported, however now the victims are willing to take action against the perpetrators and are actively filing complaints, there has been an increase in filing complaints with the police,” he said.
Apart from this, Prasai said that some cases have the possibility of false accusations, where the consensual acts are framed as forced. In some cases of intercaste marriage, it was found that false accusation was used as a tool to take revenge in family disagreements.
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