Ganga Maya urged to end fast

- POST REPORT, Kathmandu
Ganga Maya urged to end fast

Sep 23, 2014-

Regretting the death of Nanda Prasad Adhikari, who died on Monday during a fast, the government has urged his wife Ganga Maya to end her hunger strike.

The couple, who hail from Fujel in Gorkha district, started a fast-unto-death on October 23 last year, seeking justice for the murder of their 18-year-old son Krishna Prasad. He was abducted allegedly by the then rebel Maoists and murdered in 2004. His body was later found in Ratnanagar, Chitwan district. Committing to provide justice in the cases of human rights violation, the government has also appealed to rights activists and civil society members to convince Ganga Maya to end her fast.

Doctors said her health is deteriorating further. Despite her husband’s death, she has expressed her determination to continue fasting until justice is delivered. She has been receiving nutrition intravenously as was her husband.

In a statement on Tuesday, Secretary at Prime Minister’s Office Rajuman Singh Malla urged Ganga Maya to have faith in the rule of law and the country’s judicial procedure.

Defending the government, Malla said it had opened the murder case, which was under the consideration of the Chitwan District Court. “The hunger strike became irrelevant after a diffusion notice was issued through Interpol to arrest Rudra Acharya, who is outside Nepal at the moment,” read the statement.

The National Human Rights Commission has expressed serious concerns over Adhikari’s death, calling it an unfortunate incident. In a statement, the rights watchdog has urged the government and other stakeholders to save Ganga Maya’s life. It has also asked Ganga Maya to take up other means of protest.

Rights defenders and victims’ community have criticised the government for its failure to act to save the life of a man demanding justice for his son’s murder. They staged a sit-in outside Bir Hospital for an hour on Tuesday seeking action against the perpetrators of the murder.

“This is the height of the government’s insensitivity. No one should die like Nanda Prasad,” said Suman Adhikari, president of the Conflict Victims Orphan Society.

Accountability Watch Committee, Informal Sector Service Centre and Human Rights and Peace Society criticised the government for Nanda Prasad’s death. They pleaded for the life of Ganga Maya.

Published: 24-09-2014 09:12

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