Wednesday, December 14, 2005

Probe committee formed

Pokhara Dec 14- Pokhara Appellate Court Bar Association has formed a probe committee to look into the Pokhara Rape Victim case , with the Bar’s former vice-president Govinda Sharma Paudel as its convener.

Law practitioners suspected the possibility of a foul play while delivering the verdict, as the court passed its judgment overlooking other evidences.

Mainwhile ,The physicians in Pokhara claimed on Tuesday that the doctor’s report on the rape-victim girl was conflicting in itself. Acting Medical Superintendent of the Western Regional Hospital Dr Yamuna Suwal said Dr Gomaya Tulachan’s medical report, which was revealed only after 10 days of the incident, was ambiguous.

The Kaski District Court had ordered bail release on December 5 to the six youngsters, who had pleaded guilty on charge of raping a 15-year-old Gurung girl, on grounds of the medical report.
The verdict delivered by Justice Chandi Raj Dhakal has drawn wide criticisms, as the victim has identified the miscreants and the forensic tests also confirmed their involvement.

The Pokhara Appellate Court has started looking into the case after government lawyers filed an appeal, challenging the District Court verdict on releasing the culprits on bail.

Nine youngsters aged 16 to 21 had raped a15 year-old Gurung girl behind the local SOS Children’s Village in Pokhara while one of them even dared to drop her back at her residence in Ram Bazaar, where she had been living alone as her parents live in India.

One of the rapists Kiran Gurung bought his freedom submitting Rs 125 thousand in bail while his associate Sunil Gurung was freed on a bail of Rs 100 thousand.

Four of them, namely, Niroo Gurung, Buddha Gurung, Dogen Gurung and Sunil Gurung are still in custody as they failed to submit the bail amount.

The 11th amendment of the Civil Code identifies any sexual relationships with girls under 16 years of age as rape, even if it is done with the girl’s consensus.

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