Civil Society appeals to save Gangamaya’s Life
The Human Rights Defender’s and conflict victims have issued a press statement on June 26 demanding to save life of Gangamaya Adhikari who has been staging a hunger strike for the last 29 days demanding an arrest of Chhabilal Poudel, one of the main accused of the murder of her son Krishna Prasad Adhikari, as per the verdict of the Supreme Court made on 21st December 2015. The statement has drawn the attention of the government as her health condition is deteriorating and becoming critical.
The press statement signed by Bhagiram Chaudharu , chair of Conflict Victims’ Common Platform , Janak Bahadur Raut, Secretary General, Conflict Victims’ Common Platform, Suman Adhikari, Charan Prasai, Coordinator, Accountability Watch Committee and others showed serious concern over the state’s inaction and extreme indifference to address her demands for such a long time.
It states” Let’s be reminded that her husband Nanda Prasad Adhikari died on the 334th day of hunger strike demanding justice to their son Krishna Prasad, who was brutally killed by the then Maoists on 6 June 2006 in Bakular Chowk of Chitwan District. It is condemnable that the government is reluctant to implement the Supreme Court’s order even as Gangamaya’s life is at risk”. The statement also stated that Gangamaya is under the undeclared custody of the government and warned government that if , she dies in the custody of the government, the main responsible person of the government would be personally liable under the international human rights law.
The statement demanded for the immediate implementation of Kavre District Court’s verdict made on 16 April 2017, after 13 years of struggle for justice, that the former officers Major Babi Khatri and Second Lieutenants Amit Pun and Sunil Prasad Adhikari should be punished for life imprisonment for killing the 15 year old girl Maina Sunuwar inside army barrack on 17 February 2004, and to create a trust worthy environment for transitional justice process.
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