Nirmala Panta’s father suffers from depression amid days-long protest (video)

Published On: November 24, 2018 01:50 PM NPT By: Republica  | @RepublicaNepal

Video Courtesy: Pyaro Nepal Lovely Nepal/ Facebook

KATHMANDU, Nov 24: A video that is now going viral on social media clearly shows that Yagya Raj Pant, the father of late Nirmala Panta, has developed mental health disorder amid hours-long sit-in.

Yagya’s mental depression comes at a time when he and his wife have been launching a sit-in protest for 'indefinite period' in front of Kanchanpur District Administration Office (DAO) for the past 13 days demanding justice for their raped and murdered daughter four months ago, according to the witnesses.

Relatives and neighbours are deeply worried over Yagya’s health and the state of mind as the indefinite sit-in is underway. According to his wife Durga Devi Panti, he has started showing unusual behaviour in recent days. “He screams, scolds and repeatedly warns that he would commit suicide by shooting himself. I never saw such unusual behaviour in the past,” Durga Devi told Republica Online. Durga said that they are coming to Kathmandu for her husband’s treatment. “We are leaving for Kathmandu today,” she said.

Yagya has also become restless and disturbed as he has been everyday encountering with the same type of questions from hundreds of people during the ongoing sit-in, she said. Nirmala's father Yagya Raj Panta told earlier that their only demand was to book the culprits responsible for the rape and murder of their daughter. “I will die in front of the DAO but I'll not be pushed away from my sit-in until they nab the culprits,” he insisted.

Police have failed to nab the culprit (s) even four months after the gruesome murder of Nirmala Pant after rape in July at Bhimdutta Municipality-2 in Kanchanpur district in far western Nepal. This case has led to deep anger and frustration among the people across the country and at the same time, it has raised serious questions over the police investigation.

As nation-wide protests demanding justice to 13-year-old Nirmala Pant were intensified, Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli and Home Minister Ram Bahadur Thapa repeatedly vowed to nab the perpetrator (s) at the earliest. However, the culprits are still at large and police authorities appear clueless.

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