Speaker Mahara accused of sexual harassment

Kathmandu, 1 October : A female government employee has accused Speaker of the House of Representatives Krishna Bahadur Mahara of sexual harassment.

The woman has accused Speaker Mahara of assaulting her at her room in Tinkune on Sunday evening in a drunken stupor.

The woman has said that she knew Speaker Mahara through her husband and he used to frequently visit her.

She had said she called police after the assault, adding that Speaker Mahara left before police arrived. The woman has however not lodged a complaint with the police.

Meanwhile, Speaker Mahara’s secretariat in a statement issued late Monday evening said the reports about his involvement in sexual harassment are baseless.

“It cannot even be imagined that the honorable speaker is involved in misbehaving with anyone. I want to inform all media and journalist friends that there is no basis for the attempts that are being made to malign the character of House Speaker Mahara in connection with yesterday’s [Sunday] alleged incident,” a press statement issued by Mahara’s press advisor Dilli Malla said.

The statement said that he had not gone anywhere except the parliament secretariat at noon Sunday and had returned to his official residence in Baluwatar by 2 pm. It also said that broken glasses and an insole allegedly from his shoes that were said to have been found at the rented apartment of female employee did not belong to Mahara.

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