Manoj Pandey, beauty pageant host, convicted of human trafficking in 9-year-old rape case

File: Manoj Pandey
File: Manoj Pandey

Kathmandu, January 25

The Kathmandu District Court has convicted Manoj Pandey, a beauty pageant host, of human trafficking in connection with a nine-year-old rape case.

A single bench of Judge Deepak Dhakal issued the verdict on Tuesday.

The case came to the surface in May 2022 after the survivor exposed this on social media. Following that, stakeholders, activists and civil society put pressure on the government to prosecute him even though the case was old.

Following her video, a series of protests took place around the country demanding justice for the survivor. There was even pressure to remove the statute of limitations on rape that had made it hard for the survivor to file a complaint against Pandey.

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