Rita Rijal, one of the student leaders of the Nepal Students Union has been arrested after writing against the former Inspector General of Police, Sarvendra Khanal. Police have arrested Rijal from Bara, Simara on the 28th of April, 2020. Bara lies in province no. 2.
Rijal wrote, "Former Inspector General of Police turns out to be an abductor", referring to a nationally debated arrest of a parliamentarian. Police arrested her under the charge of cybercrime and planning to file a "cybercrime" case in the court. Rijal's arrest has been widely criticized by the general public and freedom of expression activists.
Freedom Forum is concerned over the arrest and detention as it is a violation of freedom of expression. Harassing the public merely for criticizing the police on social media is absolutely wrong and condemnable. Hence, FF urges the concerned authority to stop misusing Electronic Transaction Act, 2063 to falsely prosecute the general public.