Govinda KC begins 9th fast-unto-death

KATHMANDU: Tribhuvan University Teaching Hospital's senior orthopaedic surgeon Dr Govinda KC on Monday began his ninth fast-unto-death putting forth four demands for reforms in Nepal's medical education.

Dr KC, who on September 19 had announced the postponement of strike for a week, resorted to the hunger strike today claiming the government was not serious towards meeting his demands.

His demands include endorsement of the Nepal Medical Education Bill from the current House session, impeachment motion against the Commission for the Investigation of Abuse of Authority Chief Lok Man Singh Karki and Commissioner Raj Narayan Pathak and implementation of the past agreements signed with him.

Dr KC, however, welcomed the government move to introduce the Bill in the Parliament.

"But, as it seems that our demands will not be fulfilled without additional pressure, I announce that I began a fast-unto-death since 4 pm today," he said in a statement.

Dr Govinda KC’s fast-unto-death timeline.
Dr Govinda KC’s fast-unto-death timeline.

He had just ended the eighth fast-unto-death on July 25 after signing the four-point agreement with the government.

While breaking the fast in July, Dr KC had agreed to put off the demand of impeachment against Karki as the matter was under the jurisprudence of the Parliament and a proposal seeking discussion on the issue had already entered the Parliament.

But, Dr KC raised the issue again on September 10 as the proposal of public importance about his allegations against Karki had not been discussed in the House yet.

Nepali Congress lawmaker Gagan Kumar Thapa, seconded by another NC lawmaker Dhanaraj Gurung and CPN Maoist Centre lawmaker Shyam Shrestha, had registered the proposal at the House demanding that the legislative body discuss accusations made by Dr KC.

The proposal, however, was reportedly dropped as Thapa was made the Minister for Health in the incumbent government and a minister could not file such a motion at the House.