Hundreds of Nepalese demonstrated in the capital Kathmandu on Friday after the rape and death of a girl. Due to the case, there is now a lot of attention for sexual violence against women, which in Nepal in most cases goes unpunished.
17-year-old Bhagirathi Bhatta went missing last Thursday when she returned home from school. Her body was found a day later in a crevice near her village in Western Nepal. Early forensic investigations revealed that she had been raped and strangled.
Demonstrators in Kathmandu wore white mourning clothes on Friday and carried a young woman on a bed, symbolizing the victims of similar crimes. The demonstration called for an end to violence against women and justice for the victims. Some protesters blindfolded themselves, criticizing the government, which they say is looking away from the widespread violence against Nepalese women.
It is not the first time that Nepalese have mobilized en masse to demonstrate against violence against women. In 2018, thousands took to the streets of Kathmandu after the brutal rape and murder of 13-year-old high school girl Nirmala Pant. During those protests, one person was killed and countless protesters were injured.
Protesters were furious with the government after images leaked of police officers destroying evidence. Police say that at least 2,100 rapes took place in Nepal last year, more than doubling the 1,000 cases registered in 2015.
carried a young woman on a sedan chair, symbolizing the victims of similar crimes