Justice for Nirmala sought with kitchen utensils

Kathmandu, October 8

Hundreds of people, including nurses, women’s right activists took out a protest with kitchen utensils demanding justice for Nirmala Panta at Maitighar Mandala today.

Although 75 days have passed after Nirmala’s rape and murder, the government has failed to provide justice to her. “With the motive to sensitising the government to the need to investigate into the case in a fair manner, we came out with kitchen utensils,” said Pritam Subedi, a rights activist.

“We have been demanding fair investigation and punishment for the perpetrator as soon as possible,” said Subedi, adding that the government would not be allowed to close the case without justice for Nirmala.

In the same way, Shiva Kala Bhandara, mother of Arjun Bhandara (who was injured in turmoil in Kanchanpur on August 25) said she wouldn’t return to Kanchanpur until Nirmala got justice.

Addressing the mass at the rally which was shifted from Maitighar Mandala to New Baneswor, she said that the contribution of her son would be of no worth if Nirmala did not get justice.

Speaking with The Himalayan Times, Bhandara said his son Arjun was shot in the left leg during the Kanchanpur turmoil. He was admitted in Tribhuvan University Teaching Hospital and he still hasn’t regained consciousness.

“Arjun can only open his eyes. According to doctors, his life was at risk due to his injured legs, so he had to be amputated,” she said, adding, “Until my son recognises me and my family and becomes healthy, we are not going back home.”

“I have a restaurant in Kanchanpur, which is the only one business for our livelihood. After my younger son got injured, my elder son and I have been here. The government has been paying for the medical treatment of my son.”