Commission urges Keshav Sthapit to explain his ‘thutuno’ statement in 24 hours

File: Keshav Sthapit, CPN-UML's mayoral candidate for Kathmandu
File: Keshav Sthapit, CPN-UML’s mayoral candidate for Kathmandu. Photo: Chandra Bahadur Ale

Kathmandu, May 2

The Election Commission has urged CPN-UML’s Kathmandu mayoral candidate Keshav Sthapit to explain his controversial statement in response to a woman in a public event in 24 hours.

The commission says it has received a complaint claiming the statement was against the code of conduct imposed for the local elections to be held next week.

During an event held in Kathmandu on April 28, Sthapit was asked a question about the #MeToo charges against him. In response, he had shouted at the questioner saying she had a nice face, but a bad ‘thutuno’ (mouth).

Many have commented Keshav Sthapit’s statement was sexist and misogynistic. The commission’s information officer Surya Prasad Silwal says the commission had also received a similar complaint against him.

Meanwhile, the commission has also asked 45 organisations that had issued a statement against Sthapit’s response also to submit a clarification, saying their statement was also against the election code of conduct.

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