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Resolution motion in National Assembly demands the removal of the statute of limitation on rape

File: Nepal's federal parliament building
File: Nepal’s federal parliament building

Kathmandu, May 27

Some lawmakers in the National Assembly have filed a resolution motion demanding the removal of the provision of the statute of limitation on rape cases against minors.

If the assembly endorses the motion, the government will be compelled to make a reform as demanded.

The resolution motion demands the statute of limitation concerning rape against minors be completely removed whereas the provision concerning rape against adults be revised.

Lawmaker Kamala Panta has proposed the motion seconded by Bimala Rai Paudyal, Pramila Kumari Yadav, Khimlal Devkota, Bimala Ghimire, Madan Kumari Shah, Shekhar Kumar Singh, Ganga Kumari Balbase and Tul Prasad Bishwakarma.

As per the current provision, rape survivors have to file complaints within one year of the crime. If it is concerning minors, they can file complaints within one year after reaching the age of majority (18 years).

However, with a young woman exposing an eight-year-old case, there are demands galore that such a provision be removed.

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