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Nepal Sees Rise in Sexual Assault and Rape Cases!

Around 2,144 rape cases and 687 attempt to rape cases were reported in the fiscal year 2019/20.
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Nepal Sees Rise in Sexual Assault and Rape Cases!

The Himalayan country is gradually becoming unsafe for women as sexual assault cases are on the rise every year.

According to the Nepal Police’s latest statistics, 2,144 rape cases and 687 attempts to rape cases were reported in the fiscal year 2019/20. Even though the cases in FY 2019/20 are less than the cases in FY 2018/19, the rape incidents have spiked in the past two years compared to earlier years.

A Glance at Rape Cases in Nepal

Fiscal Year Rape Cases Rape Attempts
2019/20 2,144 687
2018/19 2,230 786
2017/18 1,480 727

Along with nearly 6,000 rape incidents and rape attempts, several associated crimes were recorded in the last two fiscals.

Rape and Associated Cases in FY 2019/20

  • Abduction and rape– 34
  • Rape and murder – 2
  • Rape and attempt to murder – 2

Rape and Associated Cases in FY 2018/19

  • Human trafficking and rape – 15
  • Abduction and rape – 47
  • Rape and murder – 11
  • Child marriage and rape – 3

Meanwhile, sexual harassment in public places, especially in public vehicles, has also increased in recent years.

In the last fiscal year alone, police arrested 1,085 individuals and filed cases against 312 individuals in the Kathmandu Valley for sexual harassment and other offenses in public places.

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