Resolution motion filed at lower house demanding scrapping of statue of limitations of rape casesFour Nepali Congress lawmakers register the motion, three days after a similar proposal was registered in the upper house.
Three days after a resolution motion was registered at the National Assembly, four Nepali Congress lawmakers registered a similar motion at the House of Representatives on Monday demanding that the provision of the statute of limitations on rape cases be scrapped.
In their motion, lawmakers Dila Sangroula Panta, Pramila Rai, Sujata Pariyar and Rangamati Shahi have said various studies have shown that there are several reasons the survivors cannot register their cases within the statute of limitations of one year set by Section 229 of the Criminal Code 2017.
“We have registered our resolution motion at the Secretariat of House of Representatives,” said Sangroula Panta. “We have demanded that the victims should be given justice if they come up with reasons for their failure to complain early.”
In their motion, the lawmakers have demanded that the government provide free health treatment, compensation, counseling to the victims besides scrapping the statute of limitations.
“The laws related to rape must be made further stringent and the state must take the responsibility of security of the surivors,” the proposal states.
On Friday, nine National Assembly members had demanded that the statute of limitation for the rape against minor should be scrapped and the existing one-year limit should be increased in the cases of adults.
Secretary of the House of Representatives Gopal Nath Yogi said the general secretary of the federal parliament, the Speaker and concerned minister would be informed about the motion first and then it will be presented before the full house once they direct the Secretariat.