Dozens of students marched in the Capital on Tuesday, demanding justice for the victims of recent acid attack.
The march participants demanded swift justice system to the victims of all forms of violence against women. They gathered at Basantapur Durbar Square, the same area where the incident took place in a tuition centre, at around 10:30 am to show their support to the victims and to denounce the attack.
The demonstrators raised their concern on the increasing incidence of violence against women. The situation has got to the point where women and girls are afraid to venture outside on their own, they claimed.
Past acid attack victims were also present to show their support and share their stories.
Ten days have passed since an unidentified person splashed acid on three school girls, but the authorities have yet to arrest the perpetrator. The motive behind the crime is also unknown, though there are many speculations ranging from unrequited love to religious fundamentalism.
Despite such attacks being a form of hate crime, Nepal’s legal system has major flaws in dealing with them, with perpetrators being booked under hurt and culpable homicide which carries a maximum jail sentence of three years and a fine up to Rs 5,000 depending on the extent of the injury.
The acid attack which shocked the nation has sparked numerous such protests all across the country.
The 2012 Delhi bus gang rape had ignited a similar response in India with anger and outcry setting the national mood against such brutalities. It ultimately prompted the Indian government to formulate stricter laws.