This first issue of Rupantaran, (‘transformation’ in Nepalese), highlights key issues surrounding armed violence in Nepal and considers current development solutions. Rupantaran, produced by the Nepal Armed Violence Reduction Working Group and IDS Knowledge Services, explores the impact that armed violence has on development in Nepal.
While awareness of armed violence in Nepal is limited, recent data indicates that armed violence has increased across the country after the peace agreement was signed in 2006. For example, government figures highlight a 163 percent increase in violent incidents (murder, attempted murder and rape) in the period 2006-2010. Since 2006, armed violence in Nepal has included: killings, attempted murder, extortion, theft and robbery, abduction, bombings, intimidation, clashes between youth groups, revenge attacks, domestic violence and violence against women and children.