For­mer Nepal speaker held over at­tempt to rape charge

The Times of India (New Delhi edition) - - Times Global -

Kath­mandu: For­mer Speaker of Nepal’s par­lia­ment Kr­ishna Ba­hadur Ma­hara was ar­rested on Sun­day for al­legedly at­tempt­ing to rape a woman staffer in the fed­eral par­lia­ment sec­re­tar­iat.

Fol­low­ing the Kath­mandu district court’s per­mis­sion based on an FIR lodged on Satur­day, the po­lice took Ma­hara into cus­tody from the of­fi­cial residence of the par­lia­ment speaker in Baluwatar, of­fi­cials said.

The po­lice said a case has been filed against the for­mer speaker un­der at­tempt to rape and acts of vi­o­lence.

Last week, Ma­hara re­signed as the speaker of Nepal’s par­lia­ment over the al­le­ga­tions. In his res­ig­na­tion let­ter, Ma­hara said he re­signed to al­low a fair in­ves­ti­ga­tion over the al­le­ga­tions. Ear­lier, Ma­hara had de­nied the al­le­ga­tions.

In a video re­leased by on­line news por­tal Hamro Kura, the ‘vic­tim’ woman claims that she has known Ma­hara for years and that he has be­haved in­de­cently with her in the past as well.

The woman said Ma­hara vis­ited her rented room on Septem­ber 23 while she was alone. She said she tried to stop Ma­hara, who was in an ine­bri­ated state, from en­ter­ing her home but he did not lis­ten.

She al­leged Ma­hara forced him­self on her and when she tried to stop him, he abused her.

In the video, the woman dis­played blue marks on her body, say­ing these were the places Ma­hara struck her.

K B Ma­hara

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