Incident Reports

Woman beaten for seeking account details of VDC


Madhes, Rautahat, Gadhimai

Ramsakhi Devi Sah, a local leader has been assaulted by a group for seeking accounting details into the budget allocated for Samanpur VDC. Demanding proper investigation into the incident and punishment against the alleged attackers the woman's family have lodged complaint at the National Human Rights Commission. Ram Sakhi Devi Sah, chairwoman of a women empowerment group at the village, was seriously injured after being attacked by a group led by the VDC secretary Nagendra Yadav and assistant accountant Kameshwor during a meeting held on August 2. The victim's son Ashok lamented that her mother was assaulted by responsible government employees themselves for seeking transparency and accountability into VDC budgets. The victim's family have lodged a complaint at NHRC national office for investigation. NHRC national office delegated the task of investigation into the incident to it's Janakpur office. Police meanwhile, arrested 4 persons including the vdc secretary and assistant accountant who allegedly led the attack. DSP Nabin Krishna Bhandari of DPO informed that the arrested were being prosecuted under public offense charge. 
Details and Impacts
Violent / Non-violent Violent
Onesided / Twosided Onesided
Collective / Interpersonal Collective
Primary Form Assault (small group)
Weapons Unclear
Primary Cause Issues related to the quality of public services (health, education etc.)and access to these services
Actor 1 - Number of people 12
Actor 1 - Affiliations Other state institutions
Actor 1 - Youth unknown
Actor 2 - Number of people 1
Actor 2 - Affiliation (Target) Women's Rights Activists
Actor 2 - Youth noyouth
Total Injured 1
Female Injured 1
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