Sexual Violence in Nepal - the Statistics
May 28, 2018
"Seven percent of women aged 15-49 surveyed in the Nepal Demographic and Health Survey (NDHS) of 2016 had experienced sexual violence. The NDHS is a national sample survey that provides information on areas such as fertility levels, marriage, nutrition, mortality, and domestic violence. Sexual violence is defined in the survey as forcing someone to have sexual intercourse or engage in sexual activity without consent. Since the NDHS uses random sampling across Nepal, the survey findings can be extrapolated to the national population. Which means that based on the NDHS survey, a minimum of half a million women have experienced sexual violence. Given that sexual violence occurs to women outside the 15-49 age range as well, and we only have the 2011 census as a benchmark, the actual number is bound to be higher," according to The Record, 28th March, 2018. The report went on to say:
The number of reported rapes has increased by 256 percent in the past decade. However, rape is still under-reported; only 1,131 cases were registered in 2017. Conviction rates are low even in this under-reported number. According to the annual report of the Office of the Attorney General for the fiscal year 2016-17, in the Supreme Court, there was a 64 percent conviction rate for rape, and 44 percent for attempted rape. In the High Court, there was a conviction rate of 42 percent for rape, and 28 percent for attempted rape."
If ever there was a time, now is the time to make a change.