Emeute à Janakpur जनकपुर नगरपालिका au Népal – mars 2010

Violence breaks out in Nepal after cop rapes Indian woman



Kathmandu: A police post was attacked by enraged crowds in southern Nepal for two consecutive days after an Indian teenager, belonging to a minority community, was allegedly raped by a sub-inspector.

The 18-year-old girl from India’s Bihar state had eloped with an Indian youth to Nepal after their families objected to their relationship since he belongs to the Hindu community.

The pair arrived in Nepal’s temple town of Janakpur in Dhanusha district, along the Indo-Nepal border, on Saturday, police said.

They had planned to get married in the Janaki temple that draws thousands of pilgrims from India every year.

However, during their stay at the Manakamana Lodge near Janakpur railway station, they were allegedly attacked by a Nepali sub-inspector who was posted at the station.

Baburam Jha, the cop, overpowered the youth and allegedly raped the girl.

As the news spread, angry locals attacked the police post, resulting in over three dozen people, including eight policemen, being injured, police said.

The violence continued on Sunday, with crowds vandalising an ambulance. Police led a batoncharge and fired teargas shells to bring the situation under control.

The authorities have suspended Baburam Jha, who is under detention while a committee is being formed to investigate the incident, police said.

Police also said they have no information about the whereabouts of the teenager and her escort.

The alleged incident occurred in a year the government has pledged to bring crime against women down to « zero » and a hotline has been set up in the prime minister’s office to receive complaints from victims.

Nepal’s security forces have been increasingly becoming the target of public anger with growing allegations of involvement in shootout killings, underworld activities and atrocities against women.

35 hurt in Janakpur clashes



Brij Kumar Yadav

JANAKPUR: Janakpur area remained tense throughout the day today following a demonstration of locals who were alleging that a policeman raped a woman here on Friday.

At least 35 demonstrators were injured in separate clashes with the police today. They are undergoing treatment in the Zonal hospital Janakpur. The irate locals demonstrated in the area the whole day. They claimed that Sub-inspector Baburam Jha raped a woman who had arrived from India.

The demonstrators also chanted slogans against the administration and shut market places. The locals claimed Jha raped the 18-year-old-girl who had gone near the ward police office after she found other places nearby unsafe. The whereabouts of 16-year-old Kalu Mestar, who has been missing following today’s clash, is still unknown. The police fired dozens of tear gas shells and fired in the air to control the mob. Leaders of 15 political parties also demonstrated in Janakpur demanding the resignation of the home minister. Janakpur bazaar remained shut since Saturday demanding action against the policeman.

Examinations in private schools that were to start from today have been postponed. No vehicles plied in the area today. More than 100 people including 10 media persons have been injured in clashes in three days. Media persons Jayanarayan Jha and Bikash Shah were sent to Kathmandu for treatment.

The Mithila mahotsav scheduled to begin today was postponed following the clashes. President Dr Ram Baran Yadav had arrived here today for the inauguration of the mahotsav.

A meeting of the organising committee decided to postpone the mahotsav for the second time due to “unfavourable conditions”. Jha arrived in his home village via a helicopter this afternoon. He plans to meet his old friends and villagers tomorrow morning.


Janakpur, 95 000 habitants est une ville du Népal située dans le district de Dhanusha, au sud du Terai. Janakpur se trouve 200 km au sud-est de Katmandou, et à 22 km de la frontière entre l’Inde et le Népal.

~ par Alain Bertho sur 23 mars 2010.

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