The activists have felicitated Dibya Chaudhary, 60 of Chilhariya, Dhanauri VDC-1 in a program on November 28. She has been continuously raising voice against gender violence and was beaten on charge of being witch.
The activists visited her home and felicitated her. She was beaten by Hari Chaudhary, 31, of the same place on April 20 alleging her of being witch. The District Court had ordered to sentence the accused for six months after finding him guilty on November 17 however he is at large according to police.
Dibya’s family said that the mental trauma of that incident is still fresh in their mind. Dibya’s daughter-in-law Geeta said “injured mother-in-law was treated somehow, even though it is not safe to live in the village”.
Geeta added that the accused is still at large and they feel insecure in the village.
Local Ram Bahadur Bhandary said that villagers who stand for the victim are also not feeling safe in the village. He added that it is weakness of the administration of not being able to arrest the accused.
Speaking at the program, regional director Murari Kharel of NHRC said that allegation of being witch is against law and it must be punished. “There are no witch in society and if someone is alleged of being witch, it is against the law”, he added.
He said that those involved in gender violence, Human Rights violation should be warned by ostracizing.