Rights activists seek withdrawal of time limit for rape complaints

Published On: May 23, 2022 02:45 PM NPT By: Republica  | @RepublicaNepal

KATHMANDU, May 23: Human rights activists have demanded the removal of statute of limitations for rape cases. They have sought a prompt amendment to the law regarding rape and the removal of limit for registering a case against the crime.     

As they explained, the law regarding rape is weak and it needs to be revised to ensure the rights of minors, adolescents and women to live, to be free, and to feel safe. 

A delegation of women rights activists and media workers today reached the National Women Commission to draw its attention to this matter. The visit was organized by the Samriddhi Foundation Nepal. On the occasion, Foundation chair Sangita Shrestha handed a memorandum of understanding to Commission member Krishna Kumari Poudel Khatiwada and said a woman sharing a horrifying story of an alleged rape on her by the organizer of a beauty pageant eight years ago made the entire human society shudder. 

“The woman who gathered courage to speak up about the violence she faced years back with the hope of getting justice was more upset when she became aware of the one year limit for seeking a legal remedy for the crime,” she said.  

The woman, the first runner-up of 2014 Miss Global International,  accused  event organizer Manoj Pandey of making her drink tainted lemonade and raping her after  summoning her to a hotel in the name of  a success party. The woman accused him of taking her nude photos while she was drugged, blackmailing her and raping for the next six months. He is also alleged of forcing her to have a sexual intercourse with others, too. The woman took the help of social sites to share her stories and said she was just 16 at the time.   

Saying that rape survivors are supposed to go through a traumatic and difficult life and it takes a long time for them to return to their normal condition, Chairperson Shrestha questioned the time limit for registering a rape report and demanded it to be removed. 

She emphasised an important role of the Commission in controlling rape cases and delivering justice to the victims. 

Receiving the memorandum, Khatiwada said that the Commission had put pressure on the authorities concerned to arrest those involved in the incident following its revelation. She pledged to take initiatives for punishing those involved in such incidents at maximum as per the laws. The Commission would work to remove the time limit for registering a rape report, she said. 

Stating that the Commission was coordinating with the security agencies to ensure the perpetrators do not flee, the Commission Chair Kamala Kumari Parajuli said that senior counselors had been attending to the rape survivor. 

It would organize talks with law experts in strengthening laws and taking initiatives to remove time limit for registering a rape report, she said.



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