Friday, 14 September 2018

Explainer: What is the Nirmala Pant Murder case all about?

Posted by Dhruba Shrestha September 15, 2018 :
On Thursday, July 26, thirteen-year-old Nirmala Pant asked her mother permission to go to her friend’s place two kilometres away. The ninth grader wanted to go to her friend Roshni Bam (Aanchal) to do her homework and fetch a notebook her friend had borrowed from her. At 11 am that day, Pant left her home in Bhimdutta Nagar-2 on her bicycle

Video Source: (News24 Channel Nepal)

Nirmala would have normally returned home in a few hours, but she did not return even after dark that day. Her parents, both of whom are daily wage earners, were restless. She went to the Bams’ house at night to look for her daughter. But the sisters told her Nirmala had left at 2pm–they even gave her some guavas to eat along the way. According to Panta’s mother, she went to local police to request them to look for her daughter. However, police officials took the complaint ‘lightly’, allege the members of the Pant family. Nirmala’s mother stayed at the local police station until 2 am.

July 27

At around 9 am on Friday, police spotted a body on a sugarcane field owned by Lokendra Bhatta on the border between wards 2 and 18. A few feet away from the field, a bicycle and around half a dozen notebooks lay unattended. It was only a matter of few hours before it was established that the body belonged to Nirmala Pant, who had been missing since Thursday. Police suspected that Nirmala was also raped.

July 29

The family refused to receive Nirmala’s body, which was kept at the Mahakali Zonal Hospital. Her kin demanded that the authorities arrest and prosecute the perpetrators. However, the District Administration Office coerced the family into cremating the body. The funeral was guarded by police.

August 5

The post-mortem report showed that Nirmala was not only raped, but also strangled. Protests started in the city demanding speedy investigation into the case. Police, however, failed to book the perpetrators. Locals alleged that police were reluctant to investigate the case as officials found out that the evidence pointed at two ‘VIPs’.

Guide of the month: January 2018

Traveling gives us the opportunity to disconnect from our regular life. You get to forget your problems/issues for a few weeks, it can also help you figure things out that you would not have understood without the distance traveling can give you. We all have crazy schedules, work and a family to take care of, going away alone or with some friends can give you distance and perhaps even make you realize how important these people are for you. Like the saying says: we never know what we have until we lose it.

Another great benefit is the relaxation you get to do. It’s nice to live life to its fullest and enjoy a stress free time with yourself. Going on vacation lets us recharge our “batteries” by disconnecting us from our regular life. When we come back we feel invigorated and we are happy to be back in our day to day routine. It’s a very good stress remover that has a lot more to give than most people are willing to accept.

Traveling increases our knowledge and widens our perspective. To view new customs, different ways of living is fantastic for the mind. It gives us a new perspective about life and especially our life, it can help us change some of our habits or even create new ones. When I travel I usually make it a point to try new food, some cultures don’t have fries in their diet and they are all skinny, others use spices to give taste and not oils or fats. Discovering different values and ways to get by in life is really interesting. You also need to visit exotic new places and discover what this wonderful world has to offer.