News Digest – Gender & Social Inclusion (February 18 – February 24, 2021)

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Police arrest accused of Bhagirathi rape case: A 17-year-old boy arrested on the charge of rape after he confessed to commission of the crime on February 17. The accused revealed that the crime was an act of vengeance against the victim. The accused and victim went to the same school and resided in victim’s neighborhood.

Japanese grant for women and children: The United Nations World Food Program (WFP) is to receive Japanese grant of USD 3.47 million to support women and children worst affected by COVID-19 pandemic. The project aims to cover Jhapa, Morang, Sunsari, Saptari and Siraha districts of Province 1 and 2. The grant agreement was endorsed by Japanese Ambassador to Nepal and Country representative of WFP Nepal.

Attempt-to-rape case in Bara: Police arrested a local media person of Bara district on the charge of attempt-to-rape. The attempt of rape was committed on his daughter’s friend. The victim was taken to district hospital for medical inspection. Police is investigating further into the case.

Nirmala Pant’s mother awaits justice: Nirmala Pant’s mother has lost hope in receiving justice for her daughter. She claims that government has failed to be critical of her complaint. She urges the concerned authorities to investigate Dilip Singh Bista who has been giving inconsistent statements regarding commission of crime.

Developments on Bihar rape case: As per the police, nine suspects involved in the gang-rape of Nepali girl in Bihar was taken to local court on February 20. However, the police offer partaking in evidence destruction is yet to be arrested. The investigation confirmed the charges against the accused.

Safe abortion practice in Karnali: According to Ministry of Social Development of Karnali Province, 10-20% of the total number of women undergoing abortion are teenage girls. According to the report, the trend of termination of teenage pregnancy is in the rise in Karnali Province.

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