KATHMANDU, May 22: Manoj Pandey who has been accused of raping a girl while she participated in a beauty pageant few years back was arrested on Saturday evening.
Pandey, originally from Bairahawa, was the organizer of Miss Global International in 2014. He has been accused of raping a girl after the pagent in Everest Hote in Kathmandu.
The girl recently posted series of TikTok videos claiming that she was raped after being invited to a success party. Social media is currently flooded with comments and many public figures have also supported the ‘victim’. The issue has not only forced youths to take to the streets but also heated parliament.
“However, accused Pandey has maintained that the claims are false. After the videos were released, I tried contacting the police. I have done nothing,” said Pandey.
According to the Kathmandu Valley Crime Division, Pandey was preparing to escape from the valley. Pandey was found hiding in his sister’s residence at Swayambhu, Kathmandu.
Pandey is currently in police custody. The Kathmandu Valley Crime Division has however refused to reveal the location of Pandey.
Similarly, the victim is likely to file a complaint against Pandey on Monday.