State killing Adhikari couple: AHRC


Jul 30, 2014-

The Nepali State is killing Nanda Prasad and his wife Ganga Maya Adhikari slowly, an international rights watchdog said on Wednesday.

Hong Kong-based Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) claimed that the State has been “conspicuous in its wait and watch approach” towards the fast-unto-death hunger strike of the Adhikari couple demanding prosecution of those who abducted and brutally murdered their son Krishna Prasad in June 2004 when visiting his grandparents in Chitwan. The hunger strike has reached 278 days.

“It is this conspicuous inaction that is going to kill the old couple. The Nepal State is killing the couple slowly, every moment it delays and denies them justice,” said the AHRC in a statement.

It further said the relentless fight of the Adhikari couple “has faded from the regular to-do checklist of civil society, human rights organisations and the media, and many of them have stopped talking about it altogether.”

“The couple is being kept alive at this time through intravenous protein drip, but their health is deteriorating. Their organs are working so far, but their bodies have become weak and skinny.  The doctors treating the couple have warned about the risk of organ failure in both Nanda Prasad and Ganga Maya, which may occur at any time,” said the human rights watchdog, adding that though couple’s bodies look frail and their energy has drained, “their determination has only grown stronger.”

Saying that the Nepal government has shown just how responsive it is to its own citizens, the AHRC warned that the death of the couple, in these circumstances, will be a national and international shame for Nepal.

Published: 31-07-2014 09:05

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