TANAHUN, Jan 6: No sooner than the sun sets, Fulmaya Nepali of Ratamata village in Tanahun shuts the doors and windows of her house. It is not the fear of thieves, but that of the leopards that roam her village as soon as it gets dark. “Leopards are everywhere so we cannot risk our lives by keeping the doors and windows open. Everyone in the village shuts the doors and windows,” she said.
Last Sunday, a 22-month-old child of the village was mauled by a leopard. The body of Rabin Nepali was recovered at a distance from his home. So everyone is terrified.
“The police later recovered his maimed body. Everyone is now worried and terrified,” said Fulmaya.
The incident had happened when the boy’s mother had gone to the kitchen for a while leaving him in the porch. When she found out that he was missing, locals started a search. They saw blood at the back of the house. Police were informed and after a search, they recovered the body near the Shyampokhari Community Forest.
“We don’t even go to the jungle these days. And the entire village latches the doors and windows before it gets dark,” said Fulmaya.
According to Kaji Khatri, another local of the village, people are so terrified that they don’t walk alone or take their cattle to the jungle. “We can’t leave our children outside to play freely,” he added.