Minors paraded half-naked to press demands

- LP DEVKOTA , Jumla

Aug 15, 2015-

The agitating Karnali folk have paraded their children on the streets to exert pressure on the government to address their demand for declaring Karnali as a separate state.

As the indefinite Karnali banda entered seventh day on Saturday, scores of bare-chested children taken round Khalanga, the district headquarters of Jumla. The children, aged two to 16, wearing black shades marched with placards that read ‘hamro vawisya andhakar chha’ (our future is dark).

People in Karnali have been protesting against the six-state federal model that puts Karnali in the far-western province. They have been demanding a separate Karnali state, with special rights, that will also include the Bheri zone.

“Our children protested against injustice. Pregnant women will march next if our demand is not addressed,” said Yamraj Karki, a protester.

The half-naked children were joined a corner meet in front of the District Administration Office after they had gone around Khalanga bazaar. The students have no school to attend due to the banda.

Meanwhile, the protesters warned of ‘stringent and decisive’ protests from Sunday. They also threatened civil servants to leave Karnali if they did not support their movement.

In Surkhet, major political parties said their peaceful protest would continue until the six-state model is revised. The locals continued their protest demanding a separate state of Bheri and Karnali with Birendranagar as the provincial capital.

Published: 16-08-2015 09:44

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