Police detain single mother Niharika Rajput who attempted self-immolation at the President’s Office

Published On: August 12, 2022 05:15 PM NPT By: Republica  | @RepublicaNepal

KATHMANDU, August 12: Niharika Rajput, a single mother who is on a hunger strike demanding justice, attempted self-immolation at the President’s Office (Shital Niwas) on Friday.

Niharika reached the Office of the President with her two years old son. The police took her under control as soon as she started pouring petrol on her body. The police recovered a lighter and a petrol container from her. She has been taken to Maharajgunj Police Circle.

Niharika has been accusing Shivaraj Shrestha of Janakpur of drugging and raping her when she was a minor of 17 years. She gave birth to a son after becoming pregnant because of the rape.

Earlier, Rajput was on a fast-unto-death at Kathmandu’s Basantapur, demanding justice for herself and her son in the month of June. She broke her hunger strike on the 6th day of the strike after reaching a five-point agreement with the government.  

She planned to commit self-immolation stating that her demand was not heard. Her five-point demand included: arresting the accused who is roaming freely and investigating him, testing the DNA of accused Shrestha to see if it matches with that of her son, prompt decision by the high court on the case that she filed five months ago, a re-investigation into the entire incident, and ensuring care and safety of her 21 months old son.




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