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Bhagirathi Bhatta, a 17-year old girl in Baitadi, was killed in a crime that sparked outrage across the district. Police suspect that she was murdered after rape.

Last Thursday, her dead body was found in the jungle near her home. Bhatta, who hails from Dogadakedara Rural Municipality-7, Chadepani went missing on Wednesday. She was studying in grade 12 in Sanatan Dharma secondary school. She was discovered by police half-covered with clothes, bent throat, and cuts in her hands.

Nepal Police Headquarters has sent a team of Central Investigation Bureau (CIB) to investigate the crime amid an avalanche of calls from rights groups and leaders. Nepali Congress (NC) President Sher Bahadur Deuba has demanded a quick investigation and stringent punishment against those involved in the heinous crime.

 Pushpa Kamal Dahal ‘Prachanda’ and Madhav Kumar Nepal, president of the Communist Party of Nepal (Dahal-Nepal group) issued a statement urging the government not to be irresponsible in the incident like in the past investigation into Nirmala Pant’s murder.

Years have passed since 13-year-old Nirmala Panta of Bhimdatta Municipality-2 in Kanchanpur district was raped and murdered in July 2018, but the culprits have not been found yet. The government shouldn’t repeat the same in case of Bhagirath and the culprit of this crime should be booked quickly.

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