Nepalese widow lives to fight against her son's murderers

Nepalese widow lives to fight against her son's murderers
Kathmandu's Bir Hospital

KATHMANDU - Nanda Prasad Adhikari, who had been staging fast-unto-death at Bir Hospital with his wife Ganga Maya for the past 11 months, died on Monday. He was 56.

Adhikari was declared dead at 5pm, said Director at the hospital's ICU Dr BB Singh.

The body has been taken to the Tribhuvan University Teaching Hospital in Maharajgunj for postmortem.

Adhikari had been on 'indefinite hunger strike' since October 25 last year, demanding a proper investigation into the murder of his 18-year-old son Krishna Prasad Adhikari during the insurgency.

The deceased and his wife, Ganga Maya, 54, were on intravenous drips in the hospital. "We did our best to keep him alive for such a long time," said Dr Singh, adding that Ganga Maya's condition was critical.

Adhikaris' son was abducted allegedly by the then rebel Maoists from his house in Fujel, Gorkha in 2004. His body was later found in Ratnanagar, Chitwan district.

Human rights activists, who reached the hospital, condemned government's indifference towards justice and the citizens.

"Adhikari died in struggle for justice, which is a blot on the rule of law in a democratic country," said Sushil Pyakurel, former member of National Human Rights Commission. He demanded the government save the life of Ganga Maya and bring the culprits to book so that people do not lose faith in justice.

The couple had broken their 47-day fast-unto-death in the presence of government officials and human rights activists in September 2013, following government assurance to investigate the murder of their son.

But the couple resumed their strike after the government failed to deliver on its promise. Of the 13 booked in the case, 10 have been released on bail whereas the rest never appeared before the court.

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