Youths ‘turn their back’ on govt

- POST REPORT, Kathmandu

Apr 1, 2015-

Around a hundred youths, half of them women, participated in an unusual protest programme in front of Singha Durbar, the seat of the government, on Wednesday.

The protesters (who preferred to be called youth activists) united under Association of Youth Organisations Nepal (AYON) stood facing away from Singha Durbar (symbolically turning their backs on the government) for about an hour protesting the government’s “lack of accountability and sensitivity to critical national issues”, including its indifference towards Dr Govinda KC’s hunger strike and the recent controversial remarks made by the Home Minister.

Dr KC is staging a fast-unto-death at Maharajgunj Teaching Hospital demanding an end to political intervention in Nepal’s medical sector. While Home Minister Bam Dev Gautam had recently remarked that incidences of rape “are normal during the transition period” and in another controversial remark called Nepali youths of being incapable of using computers or being proficient in English.

The protest drew significant crowd-attention. Due to the unusual nature of the protest, police stationed at the Singha Durbar area did not try to drive away the youth activists from the ‘restricted zone’ where all kinds of protests are banned.

“We are frustrated seeing the government’s lack of sincerity and apathy towards youths,” President of AYON Brabim Kumar KC said. “Looking at the sizeable turnout in this protest, the government should realise that youths are courageous enough to speak up against any of its wrongdoings.”

Published: 02-04-2015 09:09

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