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It’s Official: Bhagirathi Bhatta Was Raped and Murdered
  Kathmandu, Nepal      February 09 2021

Kathmandu, Nepal, February 9, 2021:  Though the Police have failed to arrest yet the perpetrator (s), it has reached in the conclusion that the 17-year-old girl Bhagirathi Bhatta of Dogdakedar Rural Municipality-7 was raped before being strangulated to death.

The postmortem report conducted by the Baitadi District Hospital states that the girl was raped and strangled to death, Narayan Prasad Adhikari, deputy superintendent of police, who is also the chief at the District Police Office said on Monday. According to him, the victim had sustained wounds on her head, legs, mouth, hands, private parts and drag marks on her back.

The high school going teenage girl was found dead in a forest in Baitadi on Thursday in a semi-naked condition. She was a 12th grader at Sanatan Dharma Secondary School in Khochlek, Ward No. 3 of Dogadakedar Rural Municipality. 

Though the Police officials from the District Police Office, Provincial Police Office and Central Bureau of Investigation have been investigating the case, no arrest is made yet leaving a space to suspect that the police would not able to arrest the perpetrator (s), replicating the pate of Nirmala Panta of Kanchanpur district.

As police failed to apprehend the culprits, the family of the victim is getting anxious. Though it has already been five days since the crime but no one is arrested yet, victim’s uncle, Shankar Bhatta said on Monday adding that they have started to lose hope for justice. 

Meanwhile, the victim’s family has refused to receive the body kept in the Baitadi District Hospital stating that they would not receive the body unless the authorities arrested the perpetrator (s) involved in the crime. 

General public including the fellow Students of the victim, teachers and civil society leaders have been protesting in the district demanding justice for the victim’s family.

Likewise, the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has also expressed its serious concern over the death of the teenager and urged the government to conduct a fair and effective investigation.