Home Minister Ram Bahadur Thapa ‘Baadal’, speaking at a press conference on Tuesday, has said that ‘rape is a common thing in Nepal, it has happened in the past, and that will happen in the future’.
His comments have come as ‘shocking’ to the residents, many wondering why would he make such remarks. In the press-conference he was speaking at, he made the abrupt shift towards the case of Nirmala Panta whilst ‘talking about his administration’s achievements in home – peace, security, and stability. While doing so, he suddenly started speaking about Nirmala Panta’s case:
“Nirmala Panta’s rape and murder was a ghastly crime, but it isn’t something new. These things have happened in the past, are happening as we speak, and will continue to happen in the coming years as well. We cannot completely control these kinds of cases – the case was unnecessarily politicised.”
These words were uttered in front of the media by the ‘Home Minister of Nepal. The Home Minister, who is in charge of the Home Minister – whose responsibility is to maintain internal security and domestic policy.
The Home Minister’s words also comes just days before one year anniversary of Nirmala’s rape and death case – a case which shook the nation, a case which has not resolved yet. A detailed probe said the main cause behind the reason why the perpetrator(s) has not been arrested is because of the negligence and inefficiency of the police officers handling the case – the police department is overseen by the Home Ministry – the Home Ministry overseen by the Home Minister – the home Minister being Ram Bahadur Thapa – who says ‘rapes will continue to happen’.