On a balmy evening of 16th June, 2013 (Asar 2, 2070), 27 year old Ms. Ka. Kumari's (name changed), resident of Gajehada-2, Ward no 2, Kapilbastu, was raped while on her way to maternal home. The rapist tore her clothes apart, bit her all over the body and left her for dead in the street. She was found unconscious and her clothes drenched in blood the next morning by villagers. The villagers helped her and took her to her maternal home. She returned back to home the next day. While in home her health deteriorated and by this time local stakeholders were already informed about her incident. With their help, she was taken to Lumbini Zonal Hospital, Butwal for treatment. After health check up is over ,doctors told the victim family that she has to be taken to Kathmandu. The family couldn't afford to take her to Kathmandu, so they returned back to Kapilbastu.
Local INSEC representative informed Saathi Kapilbastu about the incidence on the night of June 22nd (Asar 8, 2070). The next morning after assessing the situation, Saathi decided that the victim had to be taken to Kathmandu. In coordination with all district level stakeholders, she was brought to Kathmandu by ambulance. Once in Kathmandu, Saathi Kathmandu took over the case. She was admitted to T.U. Teaching Hospital. According to the doctor, she needed to undergo long term treatment.
After Ms. Kumari was admitted to hospital, two meetings were held to determine what actions to take to help her. The first one was in Kapilbastu where Prevention of Gender Based Violence (GBV) meeting of District Committee was held on Asar 10, 2070. With the chairmanship of committee's coordinator Chief District Officer Mr. Krishna Chandra Ghimire, the meeting endorsed aid of Rs. 12000 to her from relief fund. The committee also requested further financial aid from the district health office, Women, Children and Social Welfare Ministry, Society Welfare Council, Prime Minister's gender based violence prevention unit and Saathi central office in Kathmandu.
The second meeting was steering committee meeting consisting of high level officials on 25th June 2013 (Asar 11, 2070) at the office of MoSCW (Ministry of Women, Children and Social Welfare). The main agenda was discussion about support to Ms. Kumari. Steering Committee Chairperson Mr. Upendra Adhikari, Joint Secretary of Ministry of Women, Children and Social Welfare said keeping in mind the lack of financial ability of the victim to pay for the operation and other medical charges, MoWCSW will be sending a letter to Ministry of Education asking the ministry to direct T.U. Teaching Hospital for free treatment to the victim. Immediately, Mr Adhikari sent a letter to Secretary at Ministry of Education. The meeting also met Mr. Dinesh Hari Adhikari , Secretary of MoWSCW, chair of GBV elimination fund steering committee to discuss the issue and seek the possibility of support from the fund. Secretary of MoWSCW as chair of the fund promptly decided to provide Rs. 50,000 from the emergency fund provided he receives a letter on behalf of the victim from Saathi requesting for the financial aid.
In the following days, Saathi advocated for Ms. Kumari to receive the fund. As per requested by Mr. Dinesh Hari Shrestha, Saathi sent a letter requesting for fund to him. As Ms. Kumari continued to receive medical treatment, two officials from Saathi was with her all time. Saathi made sure all the related letters and documents reached to the intended person. All the legal steps and procedures involving the availability of the GBV elimination fund was sought and taken. Finally on July 6 2013, Under Secretary of Women, Children and Social Welfare ministry Mr. Khadga Rana made Rs.50,000 available to the victim. All the medical expenses that has incurred has now been paid and she has been discharged. Her check up will take place again in near future to determine further treatment.