After finding out they were duped by the employment agency that sent them to work at a factory in the northeastern Chinese city of Dandong, a group of Nepali women had reached out to officials at the Nepal Embassy in Beijing asking for help.
After failing to agree upon the final draft of the Citizenship Amendment Bill, the State Affairs and Good Governance Committee, in March, had formed a sub-committee tasked with forging all-party consensus on contentious provisions.
It was around 11pm and the streets were deserted. Nirman Shrestha and his girlfriend had just dropped off their friend at his home in Sanepa and were driving down the street connecting Sanepa to the Ring Road when they were abruptly stopped by two policemen.
The arrest of comedian Pranesh Gautam earlier this month for a video, where he disparages a recently released Nepali film, sparked conversations about the declining state of freedom of expression and civil liberties in the country.