Incident Reports

Police Rescue Domestic Violence Victim


Rupandehi/June 20

Butwal Area Police Office has rescued Anju Thapa Gahatraj, 26, staying at Sukhkhanagar in ButwalN.P.10 on June 20 following initiation from the human rights defenders.


A badly bruised Anju had filed a case against her husband Chandraman Gahatraj, 36, at NHRC Office accusing him of sexual violence, mistreatment and battering her. She was rescued from her rented room by the police and human rights defenders following her appeal and was taken to Lumbini Zonal Hospital for treatment. The police also took the accused Chandraman in its custody on the same day.


Anju, hailing from Budikot Chidipani in Palpa had an inter-caste marriage some nine years ago. She informed that she was the third wife of her husband adding her claim that the first wife was forced to walk out of marriage and the second wife committed suicide because of his violent behavior. Chandraman has a 7-year-old daughter from Anju and a 18-year-old son from his early marriage.


According to the victim, the violence had grown in the later years of the marriage. Quoting the doctors, her relatives informed that she had bruises all over her body including her private parts. She added that her husband used to beat her every day, would cut her hair and prick her private parts, would take her compromising pictures and then add up torture. She was also forced to sign on the divorce paper on June 15.


She was handed over to her brothers-in-law Raju and Ramesh after they expressed commitment of taking care of her. Accepting that their brother had committed a crime, they also pledge to ensure justice for their sister-in-law.


Police Inspector Rameshwar Karki of Butwal Area Police Office said a discussion would be held between the two sides.