Parliament Speaker in Nepal Resigns After Rape Accusation

Anita Shrestha
Posted October 1, 2019 from Nepal
Krishna Bahadur Mahara
Accuse of rape case

Oct. 1, 2019, 10:45 a.m. ET

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/10/01/world/asia/nepal-parliament-speaker-r...

The speaker of Nepal’s lower house of Parliament resigned from his position on Tuesday after a parliamentary employee accused him of raping her on Sunday in her apartment in Kathmandu, the capital.

The lawmaker, Krishna Bahadur Mahara, a towering figure in the country’s governing Nepal Communist Party, denied assaulting the woman and suggested that she was retaliating after being denied a job in his office.

But after the woman’s accusations became public on Monday, the party faced increasing pressure to take action.

At an emergency meeting on Tuesday, party leaders including Prime Minister K.P. Sharma Oli ordered Mr. Mahara to step down, and he did so shortly thereafter. He will retain his seat in Parliament.

“Since various media outlets raised serious questions regarding my character, I hereby resign from my position on moral grounds to ease an independent, free and fair investigation until the investigation process completes,” Mr. Mahara said in a written statement.

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maeann
Oct 01
Oct 01

Hi Anita,

Thank you for sharing this news. Hope justice will be given to the victim.

Anita Shrestha
Oct 01
Oct 01

Thank you

Tarke Edith
Oct 01
Oct 01

Hi Anita
Thanks for sharing l hope he received real justice.

Anita Shrestha
Oct 01
Oct 01

Dear
Thank you very much for seeing, actually who was victim woman, she had changed her voice. The day before yesterday she said speaker raped her. We don't know due to high political pressure might to pressure her. Therefore, yesterday again she told that she was not raped by speaker. surprisingly today, her husband said that she was carried by mental depression , therefore she spoke that way. I think in Nepal generally, if someone high position raped to women, women always accused of Mental problem

Jill Langhus
Oct 02
Oct 02

Hi Anita,

Thanks for sharing this interesting, and sad story. I wondered if he had done it. I'm not saying that it isn't plausible, but there are always two sides to the story. I hope that you keep us posted on what the outcome is, and that if he did do it, that justice prevails.

Hope you're doing well, and having a great day and week!

Anita Shrestha
Oct 02
Oct 02

Dear
Thank you very much . Now it has been great debate in Nepal.Even international news also gives priority to this news.https://www.indiatoday.in/world/story/nepal-speaker-resigns-rape-allegat...

Jill Langhus
Oct 02
Oct 02

Oh, wow! Thanks for sending the link.

Lisbeth
Oct 02
Oct 02

Hello dear Anita,
Haha :-). Am laughing at the statement of the accuse person.

"Since various media outlets raised serious questions regarding my character, I hereby resign from my position on moral grounds to ease an independent, free and fair investigation until the investigation process completes,”

Well, if justice exist we will definitely know who is speaking the truth. Thanks for sharing and I hope you are having a good day.
Regards

Anita Shrestha
Oct 02
Oct 02

Yes Lisbeth
Always powerful person and government person did bad work and finally they always accused to women. Now that woman husband is speaking against her wife. He accused that her wife has mental problem and depression sothat she spoke in that way

Lisbeth
Oct 02
Oct 02

Hmm it's sad but I hope justice prevail. :-(
Regards

Anita Shrestha
Oct 02
Oct 02

Today that woman' husband divorced her. He said that due to her mental depression, he divorced her.

Hello, Anita,

Thank you for sharing this news with us. My empathy goes to the woman who claimed she was raped, but now she had to confess she was not. Then her husband accused her of having a mental problem, and now divorced her. Why?

I believe it takes real bravery for a woman to speak up. But now she is silenced and even abandoned by her own husband. I hope the truth prevails and justice is served.

I hope no girl or woman will be ever silenced again.

Anita Shrestha
Oct 03
Oct 03

Yes Karen, I think government pressured her to speak infavour of that rapist. She might be threatened.
From CCTV camera , it had already proved that Speaker went to her house.

Oh, interesting. Are there women groups in Nepal who can rally behind this woman? How close is she to the Speaker that he can easily visit her house?

Anita Shrestha
Oct 03
Oct 03

She is a nurse and she was checking health of all upper house representatives as well as Speaker too.

Oh, I see. Thank you answering my question. :)

Anita Shrestha
Oct 04
Oct 04

Welcome dear my Karen

Anita Shrestha
Oct 06
Oct 06

Today he is arrested by police
https://www.nepalitimes.com/latest/mahara-arrested/
Police on Sunday evening arrested Krishna Bahadur Mahara who resigned as Speaker of Nepal’s Parliament last week for allegedly raping a female staff member.

Police arrived at the Speaker’s official residence in several pickup vans and took him into custody to investigate the case. The arrest has also effectively removed Mahara from his position as Member of Parliament for the ruling Nepal Communist Party from Rolpa district. Mahara reportedly refused to ride in the police van, and a private car entered his official residence to take him away. He is being detained at the Singha Durbar police station.

Thank you for this update, sis Anita. I hope the truth will prevail and justice will be served.

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