News from Nepal March, 2012 (consolidated)

Home Minister commits to remove fake landless squatters from river banks

Mar 1, 2012 @ 18:31

In a discussion programme organized by the High Level Bagmati Civilization Integrated Development Committee on Wednesday, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Home Affairs Bijay Kumar Gachhadar expressed his commitment to remove the fake landless squatters residing along the river banks in the Kathmandu Valley.

Home Minister Gachhadar questioned how people can be called landless squatters when they are living encroaching public land by constructing RCC buildings.

According to RSS, he said he had requested top leaders of the big three parties frequently for their support. He further said to remove fake landless squatters at any expense, and warned he will rather settle other people in Tundikhel, if they did not support him for the same.

Similarly, Minister for Physical Planning and Works Hyridayesh Tripathi said that the government was committed to conserve the river banks in the Kathmandu Valley.

Earlier in January, the Ministry of Physical Planning and Works had tasked the Department of Urban Development and Building Construction (DUDBC) with registering the squatters to identify real landless squatters.

Only 12 percent of the around 8,000 people living on the river banks filed applications for registering themselves as squatters.

According to the study of the government, more than 1,500 ropanis (76.3 hectares) of land have been encroached by the squatters on the banks of Bagmati, Bishnumati, Manohara and Dhobikhola rivers in the valley.

EC cancels registration of 11 political parties

Mar 2, 2012 @ 18:12

The Election Commission (EC) on Friday scrapped the registration of 11 political parties as they did not submit their financial reports defying EC’s frequent request.

The parties, which registration has been cancelled, are Samajbadi Party Nepal, Rastriya Janata Dal, Prajatantrik Shanti Party, Nepal Jagriti Dal, Nepali Janatantra Party, Prajatantrik Shakti Parti, Rastriya Jana Ekata Party, Nepali Rastriya Jana Bhavana Party, Rastrabadi Milan Kendra Nepal Dal and Prajatantrik Janamukti Party.

Since 2008 elections, EC had been directing the political parties to submit a convincing report on their sources of income and expenditure. But, these 11, out of 80 political parties registered with the EC, have not submitted their property details yet.

Three women buried to death in Doti

Mar 3, 2012 @ 17:41

Saturday afternoon, three women died and another 12 were injured in the remote village of Doud. The incident occurred when they were digging a road for road construction that triggered a landslip and were buried in a mass of soil.

Those died are Kalasi Singh, 32, and Bhaga Singh, 30, of Doud-1, and Kala Singh, 33, of Doud-2.  The injured are Kal Devi Singh, 40, Hansa Devi Singh, 35, Goma Devi Singh, 35, Kisna Devi Singh, 30, Deva Singh, 25, Laxmi Singh, 30, Dhani Damai, 20, Durga Singh, 18, Goma Bista, 32, Bishna Devi Singh, Lali Devi Singh and Ghani Nagarik who have been taken to District Hospital, Doti for treatment.

According to Doti police, a police team immediately went to the incident place for rescue after getting information.

‘Fair’ SLC exam centres will be rewarded

Mar 4, 2012 @ 18:31

The Office of the Controller of Examinations (OCE) has announced to award School Leaving Certificate (SLC) exam centres in each district that maintain decent exam environment. This announcement was made in a press meet in the Capital on Saturday to conduct the exams in a free and fair manner.

Speaking in the press meet, Education Minister Dina Nath Sharma said the government has a long-run plan to make the SLC exams disciplined and underscored the necessity of amendment of the Education Act-1972. Teachers were demanding the amendment and have even called school bandh in February.

According to Exam Controller Dilli Rimal, some 528,357 students (including 82,283 exempted) are attending the examinations this year and 76 new examination centres have been added.

56,000 staff members have been deployed to conduct the exams in 1,748 centres that is scheduled to begin from March 20.

As per the Education Act, one adopting unfair means and breaching the exam code can be jailed for six months or fined up to Rs 100,000 or both.

Last time in 2011, more than 500 people including exam superintendents, invigilators and students were arrested for their involvement in irregularities and expelled from various exam centres across the country.

Students came in the road to protest against banda

Mar 5, 2012 @ 18:27

Students participated in protest urging political parties, caste-based groups and teachers´ associations not to hamper their studies by calling banda and demanding that school area should be declared banda-free zone.

Students of Five star English School, Dhulabari, Jhapa took out a silent demonstration on Monday with their mouths covered. They were carrying placards that read “let us study”.

According to Republica, ninth grade student Durga Shakya said “Students should not be dragged into the fight among grown-ups.” Their studies are disrupted for no reason due to banda called by various parties and groups.

Due to bandas and agitation by various groups in the eastern region, schools have remained closed for the past two weeks.

According to the school principal Atma Pradhan, the students themselves decided to go for protest and came to them saying “Sir we should do something against the regular closure of school.” (Photo Credit: Republica)

Holi celebrated, a teenage girl died in Kathmandu

Mar 7, 2012 @ 15:14

Holi, the festival of colours, celebrated in the Kathmandu valley and various other hilly districts across the country on Wednesday by applying friends and relatives with coloured powders, throwing water filled balloon and pouring water to each other.

According to media report quoting police, this year holi has become the most decent ever as very few incidents of young girls and women being harassed by boys/men have been recorded so far.

The Metropolitan Police Commissioner’s Office (MPCO) has launched a special security campaign. 2,200 police personnel have been deployed to avoid untoward incidents during Holi. According to MPCO Spokesman SSP Ravi Raj Shrestha, the number of those arrested is less than in previous years.

According to media report quoting police, total of 216 persons have been held for their unruly behaviors and 55 motorbikes impounded during the Holi festivals in the Kathmandu Valley.

Meanwhile some bad incident also occurred. Simran Karki, 17, died after falling from the roof of her three storey house in Pepsicola while celebrating Holi. She was critically injured in the mishap and died while undergoing treatment at B and B Hospital, Gwarko.

According to Republica news report, seven youths have been arrested in the Rukum district headquarters of Khalanga, after a teenage girl fainted after being struck by coloured water-filled balloon by them and 17-year-old girl, Lalita BC, has been receiving treatment at a local community hospital after being attacked by the youths while walking in the street at the local Bagbazar. (Photo Credit: Various media)

AFC Challenge Cup Kicks off

Mar 8, 2012 @ 18:13

The prestigious Asian football tournament AFC Challenge Cup has kicked off in Kathmandu from today. Prime Minister Dr. Bauram Bhattarai and Federation of International Football Associations FIFA Sepp Blatter jointly conducted the formal inauguration of the tournament at Dashrath Stadium, the biggest ever football event held in Nepal.

UCPN-Maoist Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal ‘Prachanda’, Minister for Youth and Sports Kamala Rokka, Nepali Congress President Sushil Koirala, Congress Vice President Ram Chandra Poudel, Senior Congress leader Sher Bahadur Deuba, House Speaker Subash Nembang, CPN-UML senior leaders Madhav Kumar Nepal, K.P.Oli, Bam Dev Gautam, and RPP-N Chairman Kamal Thapa were also present at the inaugural ceremony.

Eight countries including Nepal are playing in this tournament divided into two groups. Nepal, Palestine, Turkeministan and Maldives are in Group A, and India, North Korea, Phillipines and Tazikistan are in Group B.

Group A Match





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Dashrath Stadium

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Halchowk Stadium

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Dashrath Stadium

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Halchowk Stadium

Group B Match





09 March 2012



Halchowk Stadium

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Dashrath Stadium

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Dashrath Stadium

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Halchowk Stadium

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Halchowk Stadium

Semi-Final and Final Match





16 March 2012


Winner Group A-Runner Up Group B

Dashrath Stadium

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Winner Group B-Runner Up Group A

Dashrath Stadium

19 March 2012


Loser SF1-Loser SF2

Dashrath Stadium

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Winner SF1-Winner SF2

Dashrath Stadium

On the first day of tournament, Palestine defeated Nepal 2-0 and in another match Turkmenistan defeated Maldives 3-1.

INSEC report shows 464 cases of sexual violence in Nepal in 2011

Mar 9, 2012 @ 19:02

On the occasion of 102nd International Women’s Day, Informal Sector Service Center (INSEC), one of the leading rights organizations, made its study report on “Violence due to Witchcraft Allegation and Sexual Violence” public in Yalamaya Kendra at Patandhoka on Friday.

According to the report, 464 cases of sexual violence including rape occurred in the year 2011. There occurred 61 incidents of witchcraft-accused violence in the last year in which 51 female and 10 male were victimized. The report found that 35 incidents occurred in terai, 19 in hill and 7 in mountain region.

The majority of the sexual violence cases were reported in Terai region with 211 incidents, while 194 in hill and 59 incidents in the mountain region.

According to the report, the highest 162 cases of sexual abuse occurred in the age group of 10-14 and eleven were killed after rape. Even a one year old child also became the rape victim in 2011. (Photo credit: Image channel)

NC leaders arrested for obstructing road expansion

Mar 10, 2012 @ 18:39

Nepali Congress leaders, Narahari Acharya and Bal Bahadur KC were arrested along with other dozen people when they protest against the government’s road widening drive from Gairidhara to Baluwatar in Kathmandu on Saturday.

It is learnt that NC and CPN-UML cadres are among the arrestees. The officials said the government is demolishing those walls and huts which are being constructed, encroaching the government land while the locals said that they were not given prior information and their private property is being destroyed without compensation.

Police said they were taken under control when they tried to block the bulldozers from moving. Acharya, is a directly elected Constituent Assembly member while KC is a former minister from the NC.

The government has been intensely expanding road in Kathmandu and Lalitpur based on the criteria set by the Municipality Development Act in 2033 BS, despite numerous obstructions. Prime Minister Baburam Bhattarai had directed concerned government officials to complete the road expansion works by mid-May and then immediately blacktop the dusty roads.

Top 3 leaders assure of timely constitution

Mar 16, 2012 @ 18:22

Only about 71 days remaining to come Jestha 14, the extended deadline given to Constituent Assembly (CA) for promulgation of new constitution.

This was the fourth extension but still prominent leaders of the three major parties – UCPN (Maoist), Nepali Congress and CPN-UML – on Friday reiterated again their commitment towards concluding the peace and constitution-making processes within specified time and then draft new constitution within the stipulated time.

According to RSS report, Maoist Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal claimed that the peace process would reach to an end within the next two weeks while addressing the three-day national conference of lawyers that began in the Capital from today. He promised to settle the contentious issues of the constitution writing through consensus.

The Maoist Chairman said the Congress and the UML are in the ‘misconception’ that the constitution could not be drafted before the completion of the peace process and urged them to come out from it.

Similarly, in the same conference, NC President Sushil Koirala accused the Maoists of not becoming serious towards the peace and constitution writing. Koirala emphasized that his party believes necessity of the conclusion of the peace process to draft the new constitution and claimed the peace process could not take a momentum due to Maoists’ ‘greed’ for arms.

Likewise, UML Chairman Jhalanath Khanal said the task of army integration should be done as per the seven-point deal and Maoist being a big political party in the Parliament, it should play an important role.

Chairman of the Terai Madhesh Democratic Party, Mahantha Thakur, said his party always supports the government to conclude peace process and promulgate new constitution while Chairman of the Rastriya Prajatantra Party Pashupati Shumsher Rana blamed the government for just trying to continue power game only.

24-hr ultimatum given to withdrew govt’s decision of Rs. 20 m financial aid

Mar 17, 2012 @ 18:33

After receiving intense criticism from several quarters for the decision made by the government of providing Rs 20 million financial aid to the mountaineering team of UCPN (Maoist) chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal´s son Prakash for summiting Mount Everest as “Trip for peace and constitution in the country”, the ‘Lumbini-Sagarmatha Peace Mission 2012′ decided not to accept the aid.

Organizing a press conference at UCPN (Maoist) headquarters at Perisdanda, Kathmandu, the mission has made such announcement and coordinator of the team Krishna KC said that the issue was unnecessarily politicized. He also urged the government to provide the amount to the conflict victims.

In the conference, Prakash Dahal said that the expedition will not be stopped due to the criticism, they will not stop peace mission but they will raise fund from people.

Meanwhile, the NSU supporters have collected Rs 350 as donation for Dahal’s Son in a symbolic protest against the Cabinet approval to provide money from the state coffers.  NSU Vice President Nainsingha Mahar said they have started collecting donations from students and will give Rs 10 million in donation to them.

Heavy criticism made Maoist expedition team to reject govt aid

Mar 18, 2012 @ 18:31

After receiving intense criticism from several quarters for the decision made by the government of providing Rs 20 million financial aid to the mountaineering team of UCPN (Maoist) chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal´s son Prakash for summiting Mount Everest as “Trip for peace and constitution in the country”, the ‘Lumbini-Sagarmatha Peace Mission 2012′ decided not to accept the aid.

Organizing a press conference at UCPN (Maoist) headquarters at Perisdanda, Kathmandu, the mission has made such announcement and coordinator of the team Krishna KC said that the issue was unnecessarily politicized. He also urged the government to provide the amount to the conflict victims.

In the conference, Prakash Dahal said that the expedition will not be stopped due to the criticism, they will not stop peace mission but they will raise fund from people.

Meanwhile, the NSU supporters have collected Rs 350 as donation for Dahal’s Son in a symbolic protest against the Cabinet approval to provide money from the state coffers.  NSU Vice President Nainsingha Mahar said they have started collecting donations from students and will give Rs 10 million in donation to them.

SLC examinee gave birth to baby and two SLC examinees killed in motorbike accident

Mar 22, 2012 @ 17:57

Mina Rai of Chhintang VDC-2 gave birth to a baby boy while she was attending School Leaving Certificate (SLC) exam in Dhankuta on Monday and the baby has been named ‘Result’.

The baby boy was born immediately after she was rushed to Ankhisalla health post from Thakurdevi exam center in the district. She was appearing for exam of compulsory Nepali.

Similarly, on Tuesday, two examinees appearing for SLC exam had delivered baby in the exam center in Rukum district.

Two SLC examinees killed

Two students, who were going to attend School Leaving Certificate (SLC) exam on Wednesday, were killed in Bhaktapur in motorbike accident.

According to police, the deceased were15 years old Santosh Deuja of Katunjey, Bhaktapur and Bikash Lama, permanent resident of Jhapa district.

Deuja died while taking to hospital and Lama died while undergoing treatment. Both were on their way to exam center at Adarsha Ajad Secondary School Jagati in the motorbike registered as Ba 48 Pa 717.

The accident took place in Sipadol-2, Arniko highway at 7:00 am when the speeding bike tried to take a turn, according to police.

Youth arrested for killing girlfriend

Published – Mar 29, 2012 @ 18:36

Police arrested 21 years old youth on charge of killing his girlfriend.

Saughat Dhakal from Kapilbastu currently living in Kupondole has been charged for killing his girlfriend Bhawana Karki. 25 years old Karki, a native of Gatthaghar Bhaktapur, was living in a rented room at Jwagal, Kupondole and used to work at a call centre of Baneshwor.

The incident was occurred on March 23, but, the murder came to the light only after the week-long-closed door of the room was opened yesterday. There was a deep cut on her throat by a sharp Khukuri, according to police.

During investigation, it has been found that Karki was five week pregnant and she was constantly pressing Dhakal and his mother for marriage.  According to police, Dhakal has confessed of murder and during interrogation he has said that Karki has warned him to kill his mother if he did not marry her.

It is also learnt that Dhakal had been in relationship with another girl as well.

Earlier in August also, girlfriend was murdered and Lalitpur closure was announced in protest against it which has heated the capital.

SLC examinee died after expelled

posted on – Mar 24, 2012 @ 18:51

17 years old Ardana Pun of Rokadanda of Chunwang-7 died while undergoing treatment on Friday night who was expelled from ongoing School Leaving Certificate (SLC) examinations in remote Rukum district for misconduct, according to RSS report.

She was taking mathematics exam at Jhulkhet Exam Centre and became unconscious after she was expelled. Though she was rushed to local health post, her life could not be saved, said public health officer Shiva Narayan Rajak.

She was student of Nepal National Higher Secondary School, Chunwang.

Woman Killed by Husband

Published – Mar 19, 2012 @ 18:14

A woman of Sipapokhare VDC-7 has been killed by her husband on March 17 morning, according to police report.

Three days after the incident, Sudip Bhattarai, 23, has confessed to killing his wife Sharmila Bhattarai, 22, who was in her post-delivery period, by strangling her with a cloth.  Sudip hanged her in the ceiling after killing her.

The argument started between the couple after the wife declined to do household chores as she was not feeling well. She had given birth to a baby boy three months ago.

According to Republica, Police Inspector Sujankumar Rajbhandari said quoting Sudip, “She had not been working for long that day when I asked her to do some work, and she challenged me to finish her off if I was going to keep bothering her,” said Sudip. “I then lost my temper and squeezed her neck with a cloth, and she soon breathed her last”.

Though it was tried to show as suicide, the body was badly injured, her feet were touching the floor and the cloth used to hang her was not tight enough at the neck which show she was murdered, according to Rajbhandari. He added, “Villagers also told that Sudip and his family used to torture Sharmila every now and then”.

For post delivery care, Sharmila had stayed at her parental home for two months and returned home on March 5 only.

Bomb blast in Maoist’s rented room in Palpa and in Balaju outside school

Mar 15, 2012 @ 17:51

A powerful bomb exploded on Thursday afternoon in a three-story building in Kailashnagar, Tansen having Radio Paschimanchal FM station office.

The blast took place in the room of the first floor rented by Maoist district secretary Netra leaving it completely damaged. Walls, doors and windows of four other rooms have also been damaged and the adjoining house of journalist Jagadish Bhattarai and three nearby houses have also suffered damages.

However, no human casualty was reported though there was presence of four Maoist cadres, including district in-charge Basanta Sharma and three FM staffers in the building at the time of explosion.

Sharma was on the same floor, where the explosion occurred, FM staffers on the top floor and other Maoist cadres on the ground floor.

No one has claimed responsibility for the explosion. According to DSP Mira Chaudhary, a detonator wire and bullets were recovered from the incident site and a special force has been called from Butwal for investigation.

Similarly, on the same day, a socket bomb went off outside Pragati Higher Secondary Boarding School at Balaju, Kathmandu at 8:25pm.

According to police, the explosion smashed three window panes of the school but no one was hurt in the incident.

It is learnt that Rs 1 crore has been demanded with the school before the blast occurred. According to police, an investigation has been started.

NRB forbids BFI from taking service charge on deposits

Mar 14, 2012 @ 17:21

Banks and financial institutions (BFIs) now cannot take any service charge for operating deposit accounts as Nepal Rastra Bank (NRB) on Monday issued a circular that forbid BFIs from taking any kind of service charge on deposits.

NRB spokesperson Bhaskarmani Gnawali said that the central bank had taken such move after receiving complaints from depositors that their small savings have been reduced as some BFIs were charging fees in the name of account maintenance.

Likewise, NRB has brought provision of establishing a separate desk by BFIs under their credit department to manage the records of sick industries, monitoring them for better and finding alternatives to support them. Gnawali added, “Such desk will help BFIs to get refinancing facilities while extending loans to those industries.

The central bank has also allowed finance companies to purchase foreign exchange and sell it to the central bank through their branches at 30 districts having a small banking presence. In other areas, they are not provided such facility. According to Gnawali, this provision has been made to facilitate tourism in remote parts of the country as tourists visiting there will be able to exchange foreign currency wherever there is a finance company.

Minister Magar held at Abu Dhabi airport for travelling without visa

Mar 7, 2012 @ 05:18

Minister for Tourism and Civil Aviation and a Maoist leader Lokendra Bista Magar was stopped and interrogated by the police at Abu Dhabi airport, UAE on Monday night for travelling without visa to Germany. Magar and his wife Ganga were on their way to Germany to attend the ITB, Berlin Convention 2012— the world’s leading travel trade show—via Abu Dhabi that is to be held March 7 to 11 and, were landed there on a transit.

Magar was detained for about four hours by immigration authorities at the Abu Dhabi airport and freed later after the minister pleaded with the immigration officials that he was an incumbent minister of Nepal and it was confirmed through multiple sources.

Magar’s wife, Ganga, had secured her visa from the German Embassy in her ordinary passport in Kathmandu while Magar was travelling with a diplomatic passport with a visa note only from Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA).

Where it goes wrong that the incident occurred were- the passport was not submitted to the German Embassy for visa and on Monday evening at Tribhuvan International Airport also, the passport was not checked thoroughly by immigration staffs before stamping it.

Meanwhile, Nepal’s Deputy Chief of Mission in the UAE, Dipak Adhikari, said, he will get visa by Wednesday.

UPDATE: It is learnt that Minister Magar has received visa today and is flying to Germany at night from Abu Dhabi.

Action against Minister Magar demanded

Mar 14, 2012 @ 17:41

In the meeting of State Affairs Committee (SAC) of the Legislature Parliament on Tuesday, its’ members demanded action against Minister for Tourism, Lokendra Bista Magar for ‘denting’ the country’s prestige, according to RSS reports.

They said, “Travelling abroad without a visa by Magar, who is also the coordinator of the Tribhuvan International Airport Security Committee, is a serious and shameful incident”.

Magar was detained for about four hours by immigration authorities at the Abu Dhabi airport on March 5. To acquire information regarding that day’s incident, SAC invited the Secretary at the Ministry of Home Affairs, the Deputy Superintendent of Police on duty at airport and the Chief of the Immigration Office at Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA), while the government has already constituted a committee to investigate on this matter.

During the meeting, mistakes from the immigration officials end at the TIA was also discussed and a majority of the committee members urged immigration authorities to adopt measures and ensure that similar embarrassing incidents do not happen again.

In the meeting, the Home Ministry officials had admitted that there had been some mistakes by the immigration officials at the TIA in the last minute rush as the minister arrived late and could miss his flight.

“Photokipa 2012”- Expo for all photo lovers

Mar 23, 2012 @ 18:30

The first ever photography and digital imaging expo in Nepal is going to be held on 13th-15th April at Bhrikutimandap Exhibition Hall, Kathmandu.

Creative D. Pvt. Ltd. in association with Kathmandu Photographer’s Association is organizing this event Photokipa 2012. According to their press release, the fair will bring together the industry, trade, professional /amateur users and end consumers with a passion for photography and create a market, a market for people to understand and upgrade.

The fair has got strong support of 100 exhibitors from both international (China, India, Singapore, Korea) and domestic markets and offers the complete imaging experience with thousands of visitors featuring the latest photography equipment and technology and a series of concurrent forums and events.

There will be exhibition of photographs.  The history of camera will be shown. Brands will display their product in Professional Ramp Show. There will be trading interaction and learning in three days and many more.

2nd Little Miss World Nepal is going to be held

Mar 28, 2012 @ 17:44

2nd Little Miss World Nepal contest is going to be held in August in the capital. This is the same contest which winner, Bipaswi Poudyal, has made us proud by bringing home the highest title in the history of international beauty pageant. Bipaswi was crowned Little Miss World 2011 in Sunny Antalya, Turkey on October 8 2011 leaving behind 39 contestants who were representing 35 different countries.

The organizer, Nepalese Council has made such announcement and Managing Director of Nepalese council, Dipendra Ratna Shakya has said that in May 3rd and 4th week, there will be selection of contestants from Dharan, Dhangadhi, Nepalgunj, Damak, Birtamod, Pokhara, Butwal, Jhapa, Biratnagar, Kathmandu etc and then grand finale will be held in the capital.

Shakya added the final winner will get an opportunity to participate in 12th Little Miss World that will be held in Turkey in September last week. Girls of age between 9 to 13 years can participate in this contest.

One thought on “News from Nepal March, 2012 (consolidated)

  1. why he make her pregnant and he dont acept her.if i was there sure i gave him a punishedment girls life is not only for play.plz plz try to give him .if he have sis in his house and if some one make her sis pragnancy and kill her how he fill?why boys try to play with girls life……iam also girl and i reaquest that plz give him serios punishment for his whole life……………..

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