Crime & Justice

Gang rape at Nepal quarantine center triggers outrage

Kathmandu, June 15 (efe-epa).- The alleged rape of a 31-year old woman by three people at a quarantine center in western Nepal sparked outrage on Monday in a country riled by anti-government protests over mismanagement of the Covid-19 crisis.

Three people were arrested in Kailali district in western Nepal for allegedly raping the woman inside a school where she had been quarantined during the novel coronavirus outbreak, official sources said on Monday.

The victim filed a complaint with the police that she had been raped on Saturday by three volunteers at the quarantine facility at Shahid Smriti Secondary School in Lamki Chuha Municipality-1.

Mukesh Kumar Singh, Senior Superintendent of Police and police spokesperson of Sudur Paschim province, where Kialali is located, told EFE that the accused, Kishor Pariyar, 22, Laxman BK, 20, and Sarjan BK, 18, were arrested on Sunday.

“Police have filed charges against them, and based on the medical examination, criminal proceedings will commence,” said Singh.

The incident led to an outrage among the local residents, leading to protests before the local municipal offices for not ensuring the security of those housed at the quarantine center.

Many angry locals even began pelting stones at the ward office of Lamki Chuha Municipality-1, forcing the premises to shut down.

The ward office released a statement claiming that the place had suffered material damage and the security of its employees was under threat.

This is the latest in a string of protests against the Nepal government since last week for its alleged mismanagement and incompetence in the wake of the coronavirus crisis.

The Nepal police arrested 10 protesters, including foreign nationals from Australia, the United States, Canada and China, on Saturday as hundreds of people took part in a protest in Kathmandu against the Communist government’s insufficient response to the crisis.

Nepal imposed a nationwide lockdown on Mar.24 to check the spread of Covid-19 infections in the country.

The Himalayan country currently has a total 5,760 active cases of the coronavirus, which have claimed 19 live so far, according to figures released by the Health Ministry on Monday. EFE-EPA


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