Rabindra Dhungel, Kathmandu, Fri, 8 Aug 2020 . A Nepali youth who went to Sydney, Australia to meet his girlfriend, has started a court hearing on the charge of r’api’ng his girlfriend’s roommate by drinking a’lcoh’ol. Balram Shivakoti, a 36-year-old Nepali, has been charged with r’ap’e. According to the Sydney Morning Herald, Balram denied the allegations when presented in New South Wales District Court on Monday.
Balaram had been living in the United States and had gone to Australia a week before the incident to live with his girlfriend. An earlier recorded statement was shown in court on Monday in which the victim said she had helped her roommate (Balram’s girlfriend) buy a cake to welcome her boyfriend. She also said that she spent some time with Balaram that day.
Prosecutor Louis Christophe told the court during the hearing that Balaram’s girlfriend had gone to study with another friend that day. Balaram, who came when he did not have a girlfriend, came with a bottle of liquor and asked the victim and another friend to drink with him. Both the young women accepted his request. After the three of them finished the first bottle, Balaram offered to call Uber (taxi) to buy another bottle. Both the young women also accepted the offer. During the course of these events, both young women were heavily intoxicated.
During the hearing, Christoph added, “Shortly after returning home to buy another bottle of a’lcoh’ol, the victim went to the bathroom. At that moment, Balaram pushed her from behind, but she tried to stop him. The victim looked around the room and saw another friend, Banta, fighting on the couch. After that, the victim also fainted. ‘
According to Christophe, after she lost consciousness, Balaram sexually abused her and she regained consciousness. After regaining consciousness, the victim told Balaram, “I don’t want to do this.” Balram’s lawyer, Christopher Watson, acknowledged that there had been sexual intercourse between Balaram and the complainant, claiming that it was an agreement. “There was no coercion. He did not force the complainant to do anything,” Watson said.
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