Incident Reports

Three youth leaders of NCP, Nepali Congress arrested on rape charges


Bagmati, Lalitpur, Lalitpur

Sandesh Sharma Pokharel of Dang and Gyanendra Gajurel of Nuwakot have been arrested for raping a 19-year-old girl on October 16.

Various media have reported that Pokharel is a member of the youth wing of ruling NCP’s Youth Federation of Nepal and Gajurel is a district member of NC Nuwakot district chapter, who is also a former member of Nepal Students Union, student wing of the Nepali Congress. Police have not verified their political affiliation yet. 

Pokharel and Gajurel have been accused of raping the girl on the night of October 16, inside a rented room in Kumaripati. 

Police said Gajurel had lured the girl into a room rented by his close friend on the day. DSP Santosh Tamang at Metropolitan Police Range, Jawalakhel, said Gajurel had convinced the victim to spend the night with him at the same place. 

DSP Tamang, quoting the victim, said the room owner Pokharel came to the room late at night when she was asleep. He then took her to another room and raped her. Pokhrel was drunk. 

According to the girl, after a while Gajurel joined him and they both raped her. The victim has filed an FIR against both of them.

Details and Impacts
Violent / Non-violent Violent
Onesided / Twosided Onesided
Collective / Interpersonal Interpersonal
Primary Form Sexual Assault
Weapons None
Primary Cause Rape/sexual assault
Actor 1 - Number of people 2
Actor 1 - Affiliations Citizen/Individuals
Actor 1 - Youth noyouth
Actor 2 - Number of people 1
Actor 2 - Affiliation (Target) Citizen/Individuals
Actor 2 - Youth youth
Total Raped 1
Female Raped 1
Youth Raped 1
National/Online Media , Local Newspaper - Bara