GORKHA, March 16: An unmarried mute woman of Arughat Rural Municipality-10 gave birth to a daughter on February 27. As she is unable to speak, she is finding it difficult to convince the locals about the legitimate father of her child since the person with whom she had physical relationship denies it. Family members of the thirty-five-year-old girl are seeking justice for the physically challenged girl who has been cheated by her boyfriend.
As the girl was mute since her birth, she can express her feelings only through sign language. "We came to know that she was pregnant only when her belly started growing," said Dhanmaya BK, a local, adding, "When we asked her about the person who impregnated her, she repeatedly pointed out to a guy. Unfortunately, the boy refuses it."
Family members state that they were unaware about her pregnancy before as they do not practice the tradition of Chaupadi during menstruation at their home. According to health workers, the condition of both the mother and the daughter is critical. A complaint has been filed at the ward office against the accused boy.
Ward chairman Meen Bahadur Adhikari, who is looking after the case, said, "The girl has been pointing toward the same boy again and again. We even questioned the boy but he refuses to accept her."
The accused has been declining the allegations and has instead said
that he is ready to fight legal battle. This has stopped police from taking action against him.
Inspector Suraj Karki of the Area Police Office, Arughat, informed that a complaint was filed three days after the birth of the child. "We held discussions with the girl and the accused but it is yet to be confirmed whether the allegations against him are true or not," said Inspector Karki.
He further informed that it would be wise if the girl knocks the court's door in order to establish a relationship rather than filing a complaint. "It is too late for us to punish the accused," said Inspector Karki, adding, "Now, she can only establish her relationship with the boy from court."