Morang, July 27- Rape, fear and social stigma. A 16-year-old girl surnamed Nepal, who was raped last April by a stranger is deprived of justice because she did not file the case at the court within 35-day time limit.Unmarried, she has now become the mother of an eight-month old daughter.“As I was returning home from the farm in the evening, someone shut up my mouth and forcefully raped,” she remembers the incident.As for the reason of not filing case on time, she said that her parents didn’t want to expose the case fearing that no one would marry her if they knew about it. “But when we rushed to file the case, it was already too late.”Nepal is not the only victim of rape who has been deprived of justice. A Magar girl of Barangi, Morang who was studying at class 9 was also raped by a stranger about 15 months ago. She also did not file case on time for fear of shame and losing social prestige. Now she is regretting over her indifference because she has become the mother of a six-month-old son.Similarly, last year a group of Indian robbers raped half a dozen teenage girls, nine married women including a 45-year-old widow identified as Safatan of Harchanagari, Morang, but only three of them are reported to have filed cases in the court.Safatan said the time duration was already over while they went to file the case after consultation with their husbands and parents. Thirty-three rape cases have been filed in the Morang District Court since May 2001. But court officials said that more than 33 cases could not be registered because the victims came to report only after 35 days.On the issue, lawyer Shyam Sundar Sutihar said it was necessary to extend 35-day time period with the amendment to the related law. Another lawyer Sushila Karki said that the 35-day time limit had benefited the criminals rather than the victims. “So, the time should be extended as soon as possible.”“In addition to the short duration, the victim’s responsibility to collect evidence has posed hindrances to the justice, making it ineffective and expensive,” said Sutihar.He said that victims were deprived of justice because of social exclusion and their ignorance about legal provision.The law has the provision of 10 to 15-year jail term for those found guilty of raping girls under 16 years of age while those found to have raped women over 16 years are handed down 5-7 years in prison.The victims also get half of the asset owned by the criminal as per law.