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Ganga Maya Adhikari ends indefinite hunger strike

- Post Report, Kathmandu

Ganga Maya Adhikari, who had been staging a hunger strike demanding justice for the murder of her son Krishna Prasad Adhikari--murdered 14 years ago during the insurgency period, ended her fast-unto-death on Friday. She broke her fast on the 46th day after the government pledged in writing to implement the past agreements reached with her.

She drank the juice offered by National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) Chairman Anup Raj Sharma to end the hunger strike.

“This is not the end of my hunger strike but only postponement,” said Ganga Maya, before Minister for Law Justice and Parliament Affairs Sher Bahdur Tamang signed the agreement paper in the presence of human rights workers, and media persons at the Intensive Care Unit of Bir Hospital.

“Though the government deceived me earlier over a dozen times by only promising and not fulfilling the agreement, I hope the government would not do so this time. I will resume my fast-unto-death if the government fail to address my demands in the next 10 days.”

She said her husband Nanda Prasad Adhikari had to die because of the government’s apathy to their minor demand of action against the murder of their son. She recalled the missing of her another son and capture of her house and property. “I have died several times while still alive. The fake assurances given to me by offering juice has already killed me several times. I decided to give one last chance at the request of human rights activists. I don’t want anybody to come and save my life if my demands are not fulfilled this time,” she said.

Ganga Maya, who is being administered saline water through her throat, broke down as she spoke. Moved by Ganga Maya’s state, Minister Tamang became emotional and said, “The government will fully implement the agreement reached with you. Trust us, you will get justice.”

Ganga Maya Adhikari, 61, had already staged several rounds of hunger strike seeking justice for the murder of her son Krishna Prasad Adhikari for the past 13 years.

Krishna Prasad was murdered during the Maoist insurgency in the country on June 6, 2004.

Adhikari and her husband, Nanda Prasad, had first begun their hunger strike in front of the Prime Minister’s official residence in Baluwatar in January 2013. They started their second hunger strike the following month and ended it on the 47th day following an agreement with the government, which assured action against some suspects, including Parshuram Paudel. But, they were later released.

Nanda Prasad died after 329 days of the hunger strike on September 22, 2014 at the Hospital. Even after losing her husband, Ganga Maya had continued her hunger strike for a total of 360 days until the government signed a five-point deal with her in October 2015.

Published: 2018-07-13 20:27:45