DHANGADHI, Dec 24: After being discharged from the Kathmandu-based Tribhuvan University Teaching Hospital, Yagyaraj Panta, the father of rape and murder victim Nirmala Panta, has returned to his home district and resumed his indefinite sit-in.
“Justice for my daughter is my only demand. Those responsible for her rape and murder must be booked,” said Yagyaraj. Nirmala's parents had started their indefinite sit-in in front of the District Administration Office (DAO), Kanchanpur, from November 11, demanding justice for their daughter. But Yagyaraj had to be taken to Kathmandu last month for treatment after he showed signs of mental illness within days of starting the sit-in. “I will not leave this place until my daughter gets justice,” he said.
Police have failed to make any headway even five months after Nirmala's gruesome murder at Bhimdutta Municipality-2, Kanchanpur. The case has led to deep anger and frustration among people across the country and protests have intensified. Following nation-wide protests demanding justice for Nirmala, Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli and Home Minister Ram Bahadur Thapa have repeatedly vowed to nab the guilty at the earliest. However, the police appear clueless.