PAANCHTHAR, Feb 22: Few days ago, police arrested eighteen-year-old Man Kumar Sambahamfe alias Bhim for raping a minor girl of Tumewa Rural Municipality, Paanchthar.
The perpetrator tried to settle the case by taking advantage of the poor financial condition of the victim's family. While police were busy with their investigation, the supporters of the perpetrator made efforts to convince the victim's parents to change their statement.
When the raped girl was getting treatment at a hospital, her parents were offered Rs 5,000 to tell the police that it wasn't a rape. After learning that two individuals are forcing the victim's family to take back their complaint, police immediately reached the village and arrested them. Police have filed a separate case against them.
A month ago, police had arrested Kabindra Sundas, 29, on a charge of raping an eleven-year-old girl in the market of Tharpu. The culprit had allegedly raped the girl after assuring her to drop her home in his scooter. After being arrested by police, the alleged rapist tried his best to settle the issue by tempting the parents of the victim.
These two are just the representative cases of hundreds of such incidents where perpetrators try to escape by taking advantage of the victims' poverty. It has been learned that girls from the poor family background are most vulnerable to rapes or other kinds of sexual assaults. In the current fiscal year alone, four cases of rape have been filed in the district. All four are minors and are from poor family.
According to Bishnu Khadka, assistant sub-inspector of District Police Office (DPO), Paanchthar, destitute and girls from underprivileged and marginalized communities are more likely to be the victims of rape. There are many such cases which don't come to light as they are settled in the village.
As per the details provided by police, out of 11 rapes filed in the last fiscal year, eight victims were from the Dalit families.