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12:00 AM, October 02, 2019 / LAST MODIFIED: 11:58 PM, October 01, 2019

Nepal’s parliament speaker steps down after rape claim

The speaker of Nepal’s parliament stepped down yesterday after a female employee of the parliament secretariat accused him of rape. Krishna Bahadur Mahara, a senior member of the ruling Nepal Communist Party said he was stepping down to allow an “impartial and independent investigation into the allegations.” A former rebel leader during Nepal’s decade-long Maoist insurgency, Mahara has previously served as deputy prime minister and has held several ministerial positions. The woman said that an intoxicated Mahara arrived at her rented home on Sunday night and pursuaded her to drink alcohol before assaulting her. The woman also showed apparent bruises on her arms, hands and feet.

 

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