Sakhi [name changed] was a bright, young college student. She was offered a job by one of her friends who is a journalist. They arranged to meet at a local hotel. They were close friends and Sakhi was grateful to have someone who was watching out for her.
When they arrived at the hotel, he raped Sakhi. When she tried to call for help, the man told her that there is a video secretly recording and if she tells anyone about this, he will upload in YouTube. Sakhi continued to be mercilessly raped and then the man left the hotel room.
Sakhi was alone and didn’t know what to do. She remembered about a toll-free number she heard on the radio recently, that people can call if they need help. She saved it on her phone, thinking she would never really need to use it. She rang the 3 Angels Nepal toll-free number and asked for help.
3 Angels Nepal (3AN) contacted the National Human Rights Commission and together went to the hotel to rescue Sakhi. She explained her situation and also told that she would commit suicide. Sakhi was ashamed and she did not want anyone to know about the incident. The 3AN team ensured the confidentiality of her situation and helped to catch the perpetrator.
The perpetrator was arrested and during questioning he admitted that he had not taken any videos but only threatened her in order to keep her quiet. Trained 3AN staff provided counselling to Sakhi and helped her get back on track with her life.
Because of the radio broadcasting of 3ACR, Sakhi is now safe. She living with her grandparents, continuing her education and trying to move on with her life.
Throughout the Nepal lockdown, 3 Angels Community Radio has been continuously helping communities through informative radio programming as well as distribution of basic necessities such as food and clothing.
As many people have lost their jobs, a lot have been suffering from mental issues, a number of families are not able to put food on their plates, and the risk of trafficking is continuously increasing. Out of desperate need, some may be resorting to selling sexually explicit materials online, while some may be easily lured to crossing the borders illegally in search of foreign employment. Our partner, 3 Angels Nepal, turned to communities, reaching them one by one and conducting awareness programs so that women and children remain informed.
One of the key objectives of the 3 Angels Community Radio (3ACR) is to inform the public and raise awareness on relevant issues, particularly human trafficking. This holds true even when the COVID-19 pandemic struck the country. During the pandemic crisis, they were able to relay reliable information from the World Health Organization while maintaining most of their regular programming. One of the staff shares what else the team have been able to do during this crisis.
She is now leading the children’s program and has received several requests from schools and parents to visit and talk with the students. Her contribution in this increase of requests and participation from the audience is a great opportunity for us as we strengthen our advocacy on child rights and women’s issues.
3 Angels Community Radio (3ACR) had the opportunity to visit a small settlement area in Pokhara to provide training to a group of women living in the slums. Jeevan, 3ACR's news chief shares one of the women's story with us.