An Indian national under police control for interrogation as police struggle to resolve the mystery.

KATHMANDU, Jan 8: Police have arrested seven youths from the mass gathering organized by a ruling Nepal Communist Party (NCP) faction led by Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli in Dhangadhi on Friday afternoon.

Apathy delays justice

January 2, 2021 11:40 am

Nirmala's mother, who had filed a case against Dilip Bista after watching him confessing to the crime in videos and observing his behavior, wonders if justice is even taken seriously in Nepal. "Initially I was also in confusion. I was told many things that turned out to be rather false. But even after such a long time after I filed a case against him [Dilip Bista] why hasn't he been booked yet?" she questions. "If he is not the culprit, the state must bring me the real one. Why is everyone quiet now?"


July 27, 2019 19:00 pm

The week in pictures for the week July 21 - July 27

Silence of the state, in the name of impunity, exists at the highest levels in Nepal. Activists fighting for a better Nepal get disheartened because justice has been delayed, again and again.

KATHMANDU, July 26: Nepal Student Union, the student wing of the Nepali Congress, held a demonstration at Maitighar Mandal in the capital on Friday to exert pressure on the government to take action against the perpetrator who brutally raped and murdered Nirmala Panta last year.

Former SP Bista surrenders to court

March 20, 2019 04:00 am

KANCHANPUR, March 20: Sacked Superintendent of Police (SP), Dilli Raj Bista, surrendered himself before the Kanchapur District Court (DC) on Tuesday so as to record his statement on the Nirmala Panta rape and murder case.

KANCHANPUR, March 12: After two cases of destruction of evidence and torture were filed last Wednesday against the police officials involved in the investigation of the Nirmala rape-and-murder case, the District Court, Kanchanpur, on Monday completed recording the statements of six of the eight police personnel who have been accused of the crime.

Kanchanpur, March 8: A case has been registered at Kanchanpur District Court against eight police officials for allegedly meting out torture and destroying evidences associated to the rape and subsequent murder of Nirmala Panta – a 13-year-old girl from Bhimdutta municipality-2 of Kanchanpur.

KATHMANDU, Dec 5: Students of Pulchowk Engineering College demonstrated a protest against the government demanding justice for Nirmala Pant.

DHANGADHI, Nov 26: Yagyaraj Pant, the father of rape and murder victim Nirmala, was brought to Kathmandu on Sunday for treatment after he showed signs of 'mental illness' within days of starting an indefinite sit-in, demanding justice for his daughter. However, the journey to bring him to the capital was fraught with difficulties and struggles.

DNA of 4 more suspects fails to match

November 17, 2018 05:05 am

KANCHANPUR, Nov 17: The DNA samples of four more suspects do not matched the sample taken from 13-year-old rape and murder victim Nirmala Pant.

The #MeToo is a social media movement which has been gaining a worldwide momentum from the past couple of years. In Nepal, women and girls are coming forward with their own stories of sexual harassment. From the nationwide support for the rape and murder victim, Nirmala Pant and the social media support for #JusticeForNirmala, it is quite clear that the #MeToo movement in Nepal is here to stay.

KANCHANPUR, Oct 30: Women rights activists and locals resumed their protests on Monday, demanding justice for Kanchanpur teenager Nirmala Pant who was raped and murdered over three months ago. However, the protesters are now sharply divided into two major factions.

KATHMANDU, Oct 11: The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has directed the government to keep safe the evidence on Nirmala rape and murder case. The sample of 'vaginal swab' extracted from the late Pant for the investigation at Nepal Police's forensic laboratory must be kept safe, the NHRC underscored.

Durga Devi Panta, mother of 13-year-old Nirmala Pant, who was raped and subsequently murdered almost two months ago in Kanchapur district, has suspected over the Bam sisters after Roshani Bam came up with make-up words.

KATHMANDU, Sept 14: President Bidya Devi Bhandari has finally broken her silence on the rape and murder of Nirmala Panta, 13 of Kanchanpur district.

NC protests Nirmala probe delay

September 14, 2018 06:00 am

KATHMANDU, Sept 14: Main opposition Nepali Congress (NC) briefly disrupted the parliament meeting on Thursday, demanding answer from the government on the progress made in the investigation into the rape and murder of 13-year-old Niramala Panta of Kanchanpur.

KANCHANPUR, Aug 31: After finding Nirmala Pant' body, police personnel washed the suruwal worn by her in order to destroy evidence, it has been learnt. Although police are supposed to take precautions to preserve evidence at the scene of a suspected crime, their act of washing a clothing item which was worn by the victim and which could contain valuable evidence such as blood and other body fluids, has raised further suspicions about their motives.

BHIMDUTTANAGAR, Aug 30: The judicial custody of Roshani Bam and Babita Bam, taken into custody for investigation into the rape and murder of Nirmala Pant, has been extended by a week.

KANCHANPUR, Aug 29: On July 27, Nirmala Pant of Bhimdatta Municipality-2 had gone to her friend's house to study but she was raped and subsequently murdered. Immediately after finding her lifeless body, her family and relatives launched protests to pressurize the police and the authorities concerned to launch investigation into the case and take action against whoever was responsible for the heinous crime.

BHIMDUTTANAGAR, Aug 21: Agitating locals have enforced shutdown in Bhimduttanagar Bazaar today, protesting police failure to reveal facts behind the murder of 13-year-old Nirmala Pant.