#Bhagarathi rape case

UPDATE: Victim’s dead body in hospital, police yet to identify those involved

Published On: February 11, 2021 08:26 AM NPT By: DIL BAHADUR CHHATYAL/BIRA GADAL

DHANGADI, Feb 11: Bhagarathi Bhatta, 17, from Chadepani of Dogadakedar Rural Municipality-7, was raped and murdered last Wednesday. Her dead body was found the next day some 50 meters below the road in a community jungle. Even a week after the tragedy, the police have not been able to identify those involved in the crime.

Likewise, family of the victim has denied receiving the dead body unless they see those involved in raping and murdering their daughter put behind bars. The dead body is currently at the District Hospital of Baitadi.

Special teams of Nepal Police and  Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) have been deployed to investigate the case. Delay and incompetency within Nepal Police and CBI have raised doubts among the public of justice to the victim and the family.

Similarly, it is yet to be conformed if it was a gang rape. A post-mortem conducted at the District Hospital of Baitadi had indicated that Bhagarathi was raped then choked to death.

“Investigation is underway. Evidence is being gathered. Those involved will soon be behind the bars,” said one of the officials involved in the investigation.

Likewise, protests and demonstrations demanding justice for Bhatta have erupted in various places across the country.

Political parties and others have urged the government to book those involved in the case and provide justice to Bhatta and the family at the earliest.


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