Final Death Rituals of the Man Killed During Armed Conflict Conducted After 18 Years
A final death ritual of Anil Kumar Tharu (then 30years) of Rajapur Municipality-5 Shreepur killed by the state during the armed conflict has finally been conducted after 18 years. His death rituals were conducted on 20 May 2020 by his family members making a symbolical dead body of halfa (Desmostachya bipinnata) grass.
Those rituals were not conducted till date since they had not found his body, informed his mother Lahiya Tharu. According to his mother Lahiya Tharu and father Bikram Bahadur Tharu, Anil was captured and killed by the then Royal Army’s team. Since they had not seen Anil’s dead body, the hope of his return had stopped them from conducting the rituals.
Anil was killed on 29 December 2002 after being chased from Rajapur Municipality-10 Kalabanjar in accusation of being a Maoist. He was captured from Anandanagar and was shot to death. The Army had buried his dead body.
His disappearance during the armed conflict could have given the family legal troubles because of which the family could not register his death. The rituals were done so that they could register his death, informed the Chairperson of Sajha Chautari; Bhagiram Chaudhary.
There are many such families in Bardiya living with the hope of their family members’ return. The elders in such families are afraid of dying before getting to know the reason behind their family members’ death.
Man Bahadur Chaudhary
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