Speaker seeks government action against sexual harassment accused

File – Speaker Agni Prasad Sapkota at the meeting of House of Representatives at Federal parliament building in New Baneshwor, Kathmandu, on Friday, May 20, 2022. Photo: HR Parliament Youtube videograb

KATHMANDU: Speaker Agni Prasad Sapkota has said his serious attention has been drawn to an incidence of sexual harassment against a beauty pageant participant.

In response, he directed the government to bring the alleged perpetrator under the purview of law and ensure compensation to the survivor.

It may be noted that a woman via a series of TikTok videos a few days ago claimed that a beauty pageant organiser drugged her and raped her for six months.  As she said, the incident happened eight years ago when she was 16. She also mentioned the involvement of others in the incident.

Nepali Congress lawmaker Gagan Kumar Thapa speaks at the meeting of the House of Representatives at the Federal Parliament building in New Baneshwor, Kathmandu, on Friday, May 20, 2022. Photo: HoR Parliament youtube videograb

Nepali Congress lawmaker Gagan Kumar Thapa drew the Speaker’s attention to the matter amidst deliberations on the principles and priorities of the Appropriation Bill for the fiscal year 2079 BS (2022-23).

In response, the Speaker issued the direction to the government.

Rights activists today gathered in front of the Prime Minister’s official residence at Baluwatar, seeking action against the alleged perpetrators and justice for the woman.

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