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Army person makes rape attempt on Woman journalist

An Army person made a rape attempt on a woman journalist in Khotang, an eastern hilly district of Nepal, on April 4, 2014.

According to a reporter with the Nagarik daily from the district, Daman Rai, the woman journalist working with a community radio foiled the sexual assault by an army person Upendra Basnet while she was returning home from the office in the evening.

"As she cried after the ill gestures of the army man, the people in the vicinity nabbed him and handed to the police. And the police later handed Basnet to the Army," reporter Rai added.

Freedom Forum vehemently condemns the incident as it is abhorrent and very discouraging to the journalists, especially the woman ones. It shows how insecure the women journalists are in Nepal.

Therefore, the Nepal Army must take rigorous punishment to military Basnet and teach its entire rank and file about the human rights.

Compared with the number of male journalists in Nepal, there are very few women, and such incidents are quite discouraging for them to enter into journalism profession. 

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