Sandeep Lamichhane, Nepal cricket captain, faces a rape charge from a minor

File: Sandeep Lamichhane
File: Sandeep Lamichhane

Kathmandu, September 7

Kathmandu police say they have registered a complaint from a 17-year-old girl that Nepal’s national cricket team captain Sandeep Lamichhane raped her twice.

Lamichhane, who is currently in the Caribbean to play the Caribbean Premier League (CPL) is yet to give any statement.

Bharat Bahadur Bohora, the chief of the Kathmandu District Police Range, says the police circle in Gaushala in the city registered the complaint on Wednesday.

“The police are sensitive to such serious incidents. We have made the supposed survivor undergo a health checkup and launched an investigation,” says Rabindra Prasad Dhanuk, the Kathmandu Valley Police Office chief.

The teenage girl says she was a fan of the cricket superstar and she used to talk to him via WhatsApp and Snapchat. She says it was Lamichhane who first proposed a meeting.

As reported to police, on the eve of the Nepal cricket team’s Kenya departure on August 22, Sandeep Lamichhane asked her to go on a trip to Bhaktapur, and she agreed. As Lamichhane lingered, the minor could not go to her hostel in Madhya Baneshwar at night. As the hostel closed at 8 pm, the minor was compelled to spend a night with the 22-year-old superstar at a hotel in Pingalasthan of Kathmandu, according to the complaint.

The minor proposed they stay in separate rooms, but Lamichhane did not agree. Instead, he drugged her and raped her twice.

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