Incident Reports

Kanchanpur tense after girl’s rape, murder


[Updated] Mahendranagar bazaar remained tense after locals and relatives of a 13-year-old girl, who was raped and murdered at Nimbukheda of Bhimdatta Municipality-18 in Kanchanpur district on Thursday, demonstrated at the Mahakali Zonal Hospital, the municipal office and the bazaar area on Saturday. Kin of the deceased and locals have demanded strong action against the guilty, compensation for the bereaved family and a police beat in the Nimbukheda area. Nirmala Panta of Bhimdatta-2 was found lying on a sugarcane farm on the side of Mahandranagar-Ultakham road. Nirmala had been missing after she left home earlier on Thursday to meet her friend. Laxmi Prasad Panta, the brother of the deceased, said they would not perform her last rites until their demands are met. Police identified the deceased after her bicycle was spotted on the roadside farm. Preliminary investigation shows the girl was murdered after rape, said police. Students aligned with Nepal Student Union demonstrated in Mahendranagar on Friday evening. The clash ensued when students shut down the bazaar area. Some students and police personnel were injured in the clash. DSP Gyan Bahadur Sethi said police are looking into the incident. “We have detained some people for interrogation” said Sethi, adding that they were also in contact with the victimised family. Update... The victim’s party of 13 years old Nirmala Panta have demonstrated in Mahendra Nagar on July 29 demanding the severe action against those involved in killing her after rape. They demonstrated in front of the gate of District Police Office and Zonal Hospital demanding the fair investigation and action against the guilty. The victim’s family have denied to receive the dead body however the post-mortem was conducted on July 28. They are demanding that they will not receive the body until the action is taken against the guilt. Civil society of the Kanchanpur have drawn the attention of the CDO Kumar Khadka demanding the action against the guilt involved in the incident. Nirmala Pant, 13 of Bhimdatta Municipality-2 was killed after rape on July 28 and her body was recobered by the police.
Details and Impacts
Violent / Non-violent Nonviolent
Collective / Interpersonal Collective
Event Duration More than 1 day
Primary Form Demonstration
Primary Cause Issues related to legal action and access to justice
Actor 1 - Number of people 50
Actor 1 - Affiliations Citizen/Individuals
Actor 1 - Youth unknown
Actor 2 - Number of people NA
Actor 2 - Affiliation (Target) Government and civil servants at central level
Actor 2 - Youth na
National/Online Media , Local Newspaper - Dhanusha , INSEC