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    Extended time limit for filing a rape case, False complaints and banknotes will no longer be punished

    The time limit for filing a complaint in a minor rape case is three years in Nepal.

    Chairperson of the Law, Justice and Human Rights Committee of the House of Representatives ,Krishna Bhakta Pokharel has submitted a report to the House of Representatives to pass a bill including an amendment bill to the Sexual Violence Act.

    At present, in case of rape of a minor below 18 years of age, a complaint can be lodged within one year of becoming an adult.


    The committee has amended the time limit of Article 229 of the Criminal Code and extended the time limit in cases of sexual violence including rape.

    The committee has fixed the time limit for filing a complaint within three years of the incident of rape or sexual abuse of a minor below 18 years of age. Similarly, in the case of rape in the age group of 18 to 70 years, the time limit for complaint has been fixed at 2 years. Even in this age group, there was a time limit for filing a complaint within a year.

    Similarly, the time limit for filing a complaint has been fixed at 3 years for senior citizens above 70 years of age, mentally retarded persons and the disabled.


    The committee of the House of Representatives has amended the provision of time limit in the bill to amend some laws against sexual violence brought by the government.

    Similarly, the committee has provided additional fine in addition to imprisonment in case of rape. The fine thus received will be deposited in the victim relief fund.

    The committee Girls under ten years of age or ten to 14 years of age, Women with complete disability, disability or over seventy years of age fine of Rs 700,000 has been imposed on the perpetrators of rape.

    Similarly, If the woman is more than fourteen years of age, less than sixteen years of age or more than sixteen years of age, less than eighteen years of age, the culprit will be fined rs five lakh And if the woman is above 18 years of age, the culprit will be fined Rs 300,000.

    The committee has submitted to the House of Representatives that there is no provision to give half of the minimum punishment to the person who makes a false complaint or bankruptcy in a case of rape. The bill introduced by the government proposed a half-sentence for those who make false complaints.

    Presenting the report of the committee in the House of Representatives, Chairman Pokharel said that the work of drafting a victim-friendly law was underway.

    The bill will now pass the House of Representatives and reach the National Assembly. Once the bill is passed by the National Assembly within 60 days, it will get legal recognition.

    Law Justice and Human Rights Commission notice

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