Nepal Speaker quits over rape charge

Nepal Speaker quits over rape charge

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Kathmandu, Oct 1: Nepal Parliament Speaker Krishna Bahadur Mahara resigned on Tuesday, following allegation of rape by a woman who works at the Parliament Secretariat.

"I am resigning on moral grounds, effective from today, to facilitate an impartial investigation into allegations that have surfaced in the media raising questions over my character, until the investigation is over," reads the resignation letter as quoted by Kathmandu Post.

The Speaker’s resignation against the backdrop of an emergency secretariat meeting of the ruling Nepal Communist Party, which had decided to ask Mahara to step down as Speaker and Member of Parliament.

Mahara, however, continues to be a Member of Parliament.

On Sunday, a woman who works at the Parliament Secretariat accused Mahara of raping her at her apartment. According to media reports, Mahara came drunk to her apartment and violently forced himself on her, leaving wounds on her body. It was only when he left that she called the police, who, according to the woman, came and took photos of the place, and spoke with her about the incident.

The police, however, said that no official complaint has been filed yet.

Mahara initially denied all allegations, calling it an attempt to “assassinate his character.” (UNI)