Sexual violence on the rise in Chitwan

Published On: July 26, 2022 01:35 PM NPT By: Republica  | @RepublicaNepal

BHARATPUR, July 26: Chitwan district has recorded a rise in the cases of sexual violence for three years. The incidents of rape and child sexual abuse are on the rise in the district, according to District Police Chief Nabaraj Adhikari.

During an interaction organized by Maiti Nepal Chitwan chapter on 'Control of human trafficking and child sexual abuse' here on Monday, Superintendent of Police Adhikari informed Republica that the fiscal year 2076/77 witnessed 51 rape cases while the number increased to 60 next year and 63 in the fiscal year 2078/79. 

Five cases of child sexual abuse were registered in 2076/77 which rose to 10 next year and reached 17 in 2078/79. Even the involvement of teachers in child sexual abuse was recorded lately. However, the cases of human trafficking were declining in the district, Adhikari added.

Six cases of human trafficking were registered in the fiscal year 2076/77 which declined to four next year and further dropped to three in 2078/79. 

Similarly, Superintendent of Police Adhikari shared that drug abuse among children was on the rise and complaints on exploitation of child labour were received in the district. 

The District Police Office, Chitwan, has prepared a textbook on awareness against violence and drug abuse in order to decrease such social ills. Efforts are on to include the textbook in schools with the cooperation of the local governments.

Chief of Maiti Nepal in Chitwan, Ishwor Giri also shared information on the present status of child sexual abuse and women trafficking in Nepal. The organization has been working actively to reduce social evils and crimes such as women trafficking. Those in desperate need of rescue are provided assistance and shelters by Maiti Nepal. Education is also provided to the rescued people. 

It was also informed at the program that a seven-year-old girl was admitted to SOS school in Chitwan, and three others at Teresa Academy, Kathmandu.

Six women victims of violence were rescued and provided beautician training. Maiti Nepal has been conducting a project named 'Free A Girl' with the monetary support of the Dutch government.

Giri said that the project launched in April 2021 would conclude by the end of 2022.



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