Kathmandu, April 19:

Seventy-three children have sustained injuries in the last 14 days of demonstrations in the capital, the Child NGO Federation-Nepal (CNFN) said in a statement today, adding that the injured children had been treated in different hospitals.

It said 20 children were treated in Community Health Nepal, Gongabu, 14 in Binayak Hospital and Maternity Hospital, seven in Teaching Hospital, 29 in Kathmandu Model Hospital and three children were treated in Om Hospital, Chabahil. Hundreds of children sustained injuries and were affected by teargas shells, it said.

Appealing to both the security forces and agitating parties to be sensitive about the children and protect their rights, the CNFN condemned the security forces for attacking children taking part in the protests.

The CNFN said it would submit a memorandum to the Nepal Human Rights Commission on Sunday to draw the attention of the commission on the matter.

A four-member monitoring committee has been formed under the coordination of Bhanu Bhakta Dhakal to help protect children’s rights, the CNFN said in a statement.

Stating that security personnel had detained Bhanu Bhakta Dhakal on April 18 without citing any reason, the CNFN condemned the act.

The Nepal Children’s Organisation also expressed solidarity with the ongoing movement for democracy and criticised the government for suppressing demonstrations.