Nepali father drowns daughters

August 12th, 2011 - 6:03 pm ICT by IANS  

Kathmandu, Aug 12 (IANS) A Nepali father turned out to be the killer of his two daughters, aged nine and seven years, in western Parbat district, after cooking up an elaborate tale about their kidnap.

Krishna Prasad Tiwari, a special investigating team of police said Friday, had drowned his two daughters, Namuna and Nabina, in the Modikhola river, after staging their abduction.

The “abduction” became a cause celebre in Nepal since July 31 when, Tiwari had claimed, a group of masked men broke into his house and abducted the two sleeping children from their bed.

However, under interrogation he confessed to police that he had first thrown the elder child, Namuna, into the swirling river below from the overhead bridge and then thrown the petrified younger daughter after her.

The bodies of the two children have not been found yet.

Tiwari had been drunk during the incident but claimed the abductors had forced him to drink alcohol. Police said he claimed poverty had forced him to kill the girls.

He also said he had initially planned to commit suicide by jumping into the river after throwing the two children down but lost his nerve.

Tiwari’s wife is currently away in Israel, working as a caregiver there.

The double murder comes after Nepal’s government last year announced a grandiose plan to make the year see an end to violence against women.

Instead, there has been a spurt in violence against women, especially youngsters.

(Sudeshna Sarkar can be contacted at sudeshna.s@ians.in)

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