2003-09-15 - incident - Kathmandu district २०६०-०५-२९ - घटना - काठमाडौं जिल्ला
Archive ref no: NCA-09755
Alleged incident overview | घटेको भनिएको घटनाको समीक्षा
Information regarding alleged incident | घटेको भनिएको घटनासम्बन्धी जानकारी
- Name BHANDARI, Nirmala (f)
- Alleged Dates of Arrest15 September 2003
- Some detainees, both men and women, were held in an open area on a surface covered in stones and pieces of glass, with a tin roof held up by metal poles. This area appears to have been separate from the other detention areas described below (the Garage and the Hall). Neither mattresses nor bedding were provided to many of these detainees. Many were forced to sleep only in their underclothes while permanently blindfolded and handcuffed. This large area was backed by an old brick wall and divided into repeated sections of twenty to forty detainees separated by canvas dividers. When detainees wished to use the single available toilet, some would have to walk blindfolded across a distance of fifty to seventy metres, feeling their way against a long wall but frequently bumping into or accidentally stepping upon fellow detainees. Guards tended to laugh on such occasions. Some of those kept in this area were transferred later to the places described below, without further contact with prisoners from the mass detention area. Others spent their entire detention period in this area. Five or more women were held in this area, some of whom have not been seen alive since 2003, including Nirmala Bhandari and a reported girl younger than 16 whose name has not been confirmed.
- Four of eight female detainees held in the Garage have not been seen since December 2003: Rebkhala Tiwari, Kaushalya Pokharel, Renuka Dulal, and Durga Bishenke. All were arrested between September and December 2003. Another two female detainees held in a separate location have also not been seen since December 2003: Nirmala Bhandari, arrested on 15 September 2003, and a girl under 16 whose name has not been confirmed. One or more of these women may have been pregnant at the time of arrest. OHCHR received credible and consistent reports that female detainees were subjected to physical and verbal sexual abuse, sometimes by intoxicated officers. Witness testimony indicates that some women had their clothing removed during interrogation.