Violence and witch-hunting against women increasing in Bara District from 2012

Below are the results of a statistic overview made with special focus on the area connected to the residence of Ram Bomjon in Bara District. From the year 2012, when he had kidnapped, held captive for months and tortured at least two women accusing them of witchcraft, and when at least one of them he ordered to be sexually assaulted between January and March 2012, the influence of these crimes had spread into the whole area, as we can easily see in the rapid increase of the most atrocious crimes against women there. Bara District is surrounded by Parsa, Makwanpur and Rautahat Districts. Ram Bomjon resided in Bara’s Halkhoria Jungle (at Nijgadh town and not far from Birganj city with Kalaiya district headquarters) between 2007 and 2012 summer. After he left due to the public outrage, he was granted court permission to return, and stayed for a few months in 2014, when two new violence incidents initiated by him (Sep 2, 2012 and November-December, 2014) caused that he had to leave again.

Image: Narayani District (source Wikipedia)  

Rape cases on rise in Tarai districts

BHARATPUR, MAY 29, 2014 – Rape cases are on the rise in the central and western Tarai districts. According to police data, 130 rape cases have been reported in the past 10 months in eight districts this fiscal year against 128 reported last year.

On April 10, six-year-old girl of Kalaiya-7 in Bara was gang-raped. The girl, who was found in unconscious condition near her house, died while undergoing treatment. Ramnath Ghimire, investigation officer at the Bara District Police Office, said easily available porn pictures in the Internet and mobile phones have encouraged youths to be involved in such crime… Likewise, a 17-year-old mentally ill girl of Bageshwori in Parsa was reportedly raped on December 27, 2013. The accused, 50-year-old Laxmiram Chamar, is in judicial custody. In Parsa, nine rape cases have been reported in the past 10 months and among the victims, six are minor girls, including a two-year-old girl and two mentally retarded ones. Likewise, 13 girls have been raped in Makawanpur, 22 in Rupandehi and 14 in Kapilvastu. …(With inputs from Shiva Puri in Rautahat, Laxmi Sah in Bara, Shankar Acharya in Parsa, Pratap Bista in Makawanpur, Bimal Khatiwada in Chitwan, Bechu Gaud in Nawalparasi, Manoj Poudel in Kapilvastu and Madhav Dhungana and Amrita Anamol in Rupandehi) Posted on: 2014-05-30 08:53

http://www.ekantipur.com/the-kathmandu-post/2014/05/29/news/rape-cases-on-rise-in-tarai-districts/263344.html

JAN 12, 2013 – Sexual violence and murder of women continues to be a major problem in Nepal. In the last six months, 182 rape cases were registered with the police…. The National Demographic Health Survey suggests that 23 percent of the women and 22 percent of the men questioned believe that a husband is justified in beating his wife for at least one of five specified reasons: If she burns the food, if she argues with him, if she goes out without telling him, if she neglects the children, or if she refuses to have sex with him. …The magnitude of gender-based violence in Nepal is extremely high. These include beatings by husbands, dowry-related murders, witchcraft related torture, physical and psychological harassment and murder by husbands and in-laws.( A dangerous place by Prativa Subedi)

http://www.ekantipur.com/the-kathmandu-post/2013/01/12/related_articles/a-dangerous-place/244033.html

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“… the government has decided in principle to enact a comprehensive anti-witchcraft law,” Trilochan Upreti, law secretary at the prime minister’s office, told Khabar. The proposed law treats witchcraft allegations seriously, with a convicted punishment of up to 10 years imprisonment and an Rs 61,957.40 ($700) fine for those found to have levied false accusations.”

http://khabarsouthasia.com/en_GB/articles/apwi/articles/features/2012/07/25/feature-01

Some horrific examples of the many forms of human cruelty which invaded the once ‘holy land’ of Dharma and Buddha:

2012 – the year of widespread witch-huntings, violence and rapes in Nepal, especially the districts surrounding Ram Bomjon’s residency, a harmful trend strongly fortified by his own violent actions against women, misusing his widespread authority among the Nepalese in the area:

Father Kills 3 Daughters

by lexlimbu on February 19, 2012 in Nepal
“35 year old Bhakta Bahadur Rumba has been arrested and driven to Hetauda” (Makwanpur District) “where he is now being kept until further notice after it’s come to attention that he killed his three daughters aged 7, 10, and 13 by crushing them with stones. The horrific accident is believed to have taken place on Friday morning last week. .. it is said that the mother was away to attend a relative’s wedding.
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Image: The victims naked body parts had been camouflaged by the author of this article out of respect to her human dignity. 
“Another sad news here is the death of a 40 year old woman in Chitwan after she was accused of witchcraft and burned alive.
”Police arrested 10 people, including two shamans, five women and an 8-year-old boy, in connection with the burning.
“Those arrested have confessed to their crime and will be charged with murder,” Baral said.
Mahato had just finished cleaning a cowshed early in the morning when she was attacked, Baral said.
She was beaten with sticks and rocks before being doused with kerosene and set afire, an attack witnessed by her 9-year-old daughter, according to the local police report.
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KAILALI, APR 06 – Beladevipur VDC-7 …Rajkumari was beaten by her neighbours in front of her family members and other villagers on early Friday morning, accusing her for practising black magic. The assailants also stripped Rajkumari, shaved her head and fed her urine and faeces.
http://www.ekantipur.com/the-kathmandu-post/2013/04/06/related_articles/woman-thrashed-on-witchcraft-charge/247297.html 
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