October 1, 2019
KATHMANDU, Nepal — The speaker of Nepal’s lower house of Parliament resigned from his position on Tuesday after a parliamentary employee accused him of raping her on Sunday in her apartment in Kathmandu, the capital.
The lawmaker, Krishna Bahadur Mahara, a towering figure in the country’s governing Nepal Communist Party, denied assaulting the woman and suggested that she was retaliating after being denied a job in his office.
But after the woman’s accusations became public on Monday, the party faced increasing pressure to take action.
At an emergency meeting