Hundreds of Nepalese demonstrated Friday in the capital Kathmandu after the rape and death of a girl. Because of the case, there is now a great deal of attention to sexual violence against women, which remains unpunished in Nepal.
17-year-old Bhagirathi Bhatta went missing last Thursday when she returned home from school. Her body was found a day later in a gorge near her village in Western Nepal. Initial forensics revealed that she was raped and strangled.
On Friday, protesters in Kathmandu wore white mourning clothes and carried a young woman on a baby carrier, symbolizing the victims of similar crimes. The demonstration called for an end to violence against women and justice for the victims. Some demonstrators blindfolded themselves, criticizing the government, which, in their view, looks away from the many violence against Nepalese women.
It is not the first time that Nepalese have been massively demonstrating against violence against women. In 2018, thousands took the streets of Kathmandu after the brutal rape and murder of 13-year-old schoolboy Nirmala Pant. In those protests, a dead man fell and countless protesters were injured.
Protesters were furious at the government after leaking footage of police officers destroying evidence. According to the police, there were at least 2100 rapes in Nepal last year, more than doubling the 1000 cases registered in 2015.