Building of House of Representatives, New Baneshwor, Kathmandu. (File photo)
KATHMANDU: Four lawmakers of ruling Nepali Congress (NC) have registered a resolution proposal in the House of Representatives (HoR) seeking the removal of time limit in the registration of rape case.
The resolution, filed by four lawmakers of the ruling Nepali Congress, states that the law will be amended so that the victims can register and investigate if they come to lodge a complaint citing credible and reasonable reasons for not being able to do so.
Lawmakers Dila Sangraula, Sujata Pariyar, Pramila Rai and Rangamati Shahi filed the resolution urging to make the provision to permit the victim to register the rape cases provided they come to lodge a complaint citing credible and reasonable reasons for not being able to do so earlier.
Article 229 of the Code of Criminal Procedure stipulates that in a case of rape, the complaint shall not be filed within one year from the date of the offense and after three months from the date of discovery of such offense in other offenses under this paragraph.
But in recent times, under the ‘Me Too’ campaign, there has been a demand to remove the time limit after rape cases started becoming public after many years.
The lawmakers also argued that the time limit should be removed to give women more courage to speak out against sexual violence against them by fully implementing the law on rape.