TRC bill offers hope to relatives of disappeared

- ANANDA GAUTAM, Taplejung

Apr 28, 2014-

The Truth and Reconciliation Commission bill passed by the House on Friday has offered Krishnamaya Rai a hope that the whereabouts of her sister, Manakumari Rai (Dibya), will be revealed.

Dibya, a resident had joined the then Maoist rebels when she was just 13 years. She had last visited her family at Surukhim VDC-5 of Taplejung on June 2003. A year after that she was reported missing.No one has seen her ever since, nor anyone knows about her status.

Krishnamaya said her sister had come to meet her after returning 29 police personnel who were captured by the rebels in Pashupatinagar, Ilam. “She had told me then that they were soon heading west. That was the last time I saw her,” said Krishnamaya.  

Dibya’s family learnt about her disappearance only in 2004, when the Maoist rebels visited the village enquiring the relatives about her whereabouts. “The party has not given any answers about her whereabouts till now, nor has she been listed among those disappeared or killed by the state,” said Krishnamaya. “She was a beautiful girl. I strongly suspect that the Maoist party has something to do with her disappearance.

She had shared stories about women combatants being punished for refusing to relent to the demands made by the commanders or those holding power in the party.”

Krishnamaya’s other sister, Sita, had also joined the Maoist party with Dibya. The two sisters were together for some years until their paths separated when they were in Siraha. Sita is currently living in Dharan after quitting the Maoist party under the voluntary retirement programme.

Published: 29-04-2014 08:34

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