Court convicts Manoj Pandey of child sexual abuse, human traffickingThe court sentences the beauty pageant organiser to six months in jail in a sexual abuse case.
The court also convicted Pandey of human trafficking and will determine the jail term during the next hearing scheduled for February 6.
The District Attorney’s Office in Kathmandu on June 15 last year had filed two separate cases against Pandey demanding a jail term of 18 years for human trafficking and child sexual abuse.
In the videos, she had shared how Pandey, who was the organiser of a pageant called Miss Global International 2014, had allegedly drugged and raped her in a hotel room. In the clips, the victim had also claimed that she was abused by Pandey for six months during which he invited one of his friends as well and they allegedly abused her sexually.
Although it seemed like a rape case in the beginning, due to the statute of limitations, the case was instead filed under Human Trafficking and Transportation (Control) Act 2007. In Nepal, the statute of limitations is not applicable in human trafficking-related cases.