Paul Shah case: NHRC urges all not to make statements taking sides

Published On: March 4, 2022 02:25 PM NPT By: Republica  | @RepublicaNepal

KATHMANDU, March 4: The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has urged the people not to make statements taking sides in the Paul Shah case.

Issuing a statement on Friday, the commission asked all to not take sides, capture photos and record videos of the parties concerned without their permission, and make the photos and videos public. It has also asked the people to provide evidence, if any, to the investigating officers and consider the sensitivity of the issue.

The commission has stated that such activities may violate the privacy and dignity of both the accused and the victim while an investigation is underway.

According to the statement, investigations into serious crimes should be conducted in a confidential, impartial, independent and fearless environment.

The NHRC discouraged excessive propaganda which can affect the investigation process of serious criminal offenses and eventually destroy the evidence.

A popular teenage singer had filed a rape case against actor Paul Shah (Purna Bikram Shah) at the District Police Office, Tanahu.

The 17-year old singer filed the rape case accusing Shah of raping her under the pretext of love.

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