Gangamaya's autobiography unveiled

Published On: June 16, 2018 03:16 AM NPT By: Republica  | @RepublicaNepal

KATHMANDU, June 15: An autobiography of Gangamaya Adhikari, who has been struggling for justice against the murder of her son Krishna Prasad Adhikari by Maoists during the insurgency, was launched amid a function in Kathmandu on Friday.

Adhikari, who has been repeatedly staging hunger strike to press the government to punish the culprits, resumed her fast-unto-death since May 29 at Bir Hospital.

She and her husband Nanda Prasad Adhikari continuously fought for justice ever since their 18-year-old son Krishna Prasad was killed in 2004.

Nanda Prasad died in September 2014 on the 334th day of their hunger strike after fighting for justice continuously for 10 years. His body has been kept at the morgue of the Tribhuvan University Teaching Hospital Maharajgunj, Kathmandu. Gangamaya and family members have refused to cremate the body until they get justice.

Since then, the widow has been continuing her peaceful struggle.

Last time, her hunger strike was broken after she fell unconscious in the ICU bed at Bir Hospital.

The book entitled 'Nyayako Awasan' [death of justice] was jointly unveiled by Chairman of National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) Anup Raj Sharma, former chief justice Kalyan Shrestha, former minister Nilamber Acharya, senior journalist Kanak Mani Dixit, human rights activist Subodh Pyakurel and journalist Ghanashyam Khadka, who gave her story a book form and edited it.

Speaking at the book launching function, NHRC Chairman Sharma expressed his dissatisfaction with the government for not implementing the NHRC's recommendations to arrest Adhikari's murderers as per the court order. Former chief justice Shrestha expressed serious concerns over the government's failure to give justice to the victim.

Former minister Acharya described her as an inspiration for peaceful struggle.

Dixit said the failure to punish Krishna Prasad Adhikari's murderers was a shame not only for the government but also for civil society, media and the entire civilized community.

Pyakurel expressed his serious dissatisfaction over the failure of the civil society, media and other professionals to speak up against such atrocity.

“All she wants is punishment for the murderer as per the law,” said Khadka.

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