NHRC calls for justice to Ganga Maya

Kathmandu, July 5

The National Human Rights Commission today said the health condition of Ganga Maya Adhikari, who began fast-unto-death on May 29 at Bir Hospital, was severely deteriorating and urged the government to provide her justice.

The rights body said it had drawn the government’s attention to the delay in justice delivery to Ganga Maya time and again.

“It is unfortunate that the government has not given priority to Ganga Maya’s case despite recommendation to the government to translate the Supreme Court verdict into action over the murder of her son Krishna Prasad Adhikari. It has not only cast doubt on the commitments made by the government at the international level but has curtailed the judicial rights guaranteed by the constitution. Disrespect to the order of judiciary could never be the beauty of any democracy,” the NHRC said in press release issued today.

The rights body has also urged the government and the authorities concerned to initiate necessary action to save Ganga Maya’s life. Ganga Maya of Gorkha district has demanded implementation of the December 21, 2015 SC order and impartial investigation into the murder of her son and action against the guilty.

Ganga Maya along with her husband Nanda Prasad Adhikari, had started first fast-on-to-death  in January 2013. The hunger strike ended in 47 days after the government assured them of justice for their son’s murder. However, as the accused was released on bail immediately after the arrest, the Adhikari couple resumed their strike, which finally ended Nanda Prasad’s life on his 333rd day of fast-unto-death in September 2014.

His body has been kept in Tribhuvan University Teaching Hospital and is still waiting for cremation.