Rupa Sunar files complaints against nine online media, seeks action under cyber crime law

Published On: June 26, 2021 04:51 PM NPT By: Republica  | @RepublicaNepal

KATHMANDU, June 26: Rupa Sunar has lodged a complaint against nine online media outlets at the Press Council, Nepal, accusing them of defaming her. 

In her complaint, Sunar has claimed that those online media disseminated wrong information to disrupt good relations between different castes, religions and communities. 

Sunar, who is also a journalist by profession, had lodged a complaint against the Babar Mahal-based landlady Saraswati Pradhan . In her complaint, she had claimed that she had been refused to rent a room citing her so-called lower caste.  Pradhan was arrested on June 20 for investigation.

Pradhan, however, was released after three days on June 23. The District Attorney Office of Kathmandu ordered the release of Pradhan without taking the case to the court, citing the lack of evidence against her.

According to Sunar, the online media platforms disseminated false news accusing her of being manipulated by somebody else as she attempted to raise her voice against caste-based dicrimination. 

An online website named Nepal Pana claimed that Sunar had received Rs 15 million from the European Union (EU). 

Along with Nepal Pana, Sunar lodged complaints against Khabarmala, Kalapani Post, Ekalapani Post, Media 20 Post, Aajako Naya, Galaxy Seven Express, Sajha Media and Nepal Pahara. 

“The rumor is aimed at disturbing the good relations among the people of  different castes, religions or communities and has also openly encouraged caste-based and gender discriminations,” she has claimed in her complaint.

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