Kaski sees surge in sexual violence

The safest place for children is known to be their home and then, their neighbourhood and school. But recent incidents show that they are not safe at these places as they should have been. They are being victims of sexual violence from own fathers, respectable teachers and their relatives.

On last Sunday, two children went through the similar tragedy. Bhabindra BK (40) of Burtibang-1, Baglung lured the two by offering chocolates. He was arrested as soon as the family members knew about it. He is currently being interrogated for the crime.

Looking at the complaints filed at the District Police Office, Kaski in last one year, one can see that more children are victimised in the district compared to the previous year. “Complaints about sexual abuse are registered daily,” SP Hari Bahadur Pal stated, “What we should be worried about is that the more people are getting aware, the more incidents are reproted.”

Lack of monitoring from parents, use of mass media and desires have increased the number of crimes. From infants of four months to 70-year-old women are victims of such crimes, police added.

Police already received as many as 40 complaints of rape in the first nine months of this fiscal, whereas only 36 such complaints were registered throughout the last year.

Whereas 21 among 40 victims of cases registered this year were lured, 14 threatened and four were gang-raped. Total 14 assaulters were known to the victims. Police analysis says school and college goers were more subjected to these types of abuses.

Rather than traditional ones, cases with new modus operandi are increasing. Where it is understandable to get sexually excited by their counterparts, it is startling to find that small children are being victimised, District Attorney Yograj Dhakal said.

Sexual activities between different age groups are results of wrong mentality and awareness programmes must be multiplied as the ones more aware of it are getting involved in it, Bina Silwal, Executive Director at Kopila Nepal, a non-government organisation working in women rights and psychological health field, stated.

Women and girls with low economic and social status are more targeted by the culprits and this is evident in previous records, Laxmi Joshi, chief of Distirct Women and Children’s Office, Kaski, said.

Lack of proper law, non-implementation of existing laws, lack of awareness, poverty, illiteracy, traditional thinking and lack of cooperation between different sectors have resulted in the failure to control the increasing violence against women, human rights activist Sarala Kumari Pandey expressed.

Meanwhile, Nepal Police has started nationwide initiative to control such activities. Kaski District Police Office has believed that their homework for a three-month long plan to educate people about consequences of sexual abuses and bring culprits to book will pay off.

Source: THT