Nepal | July 09, 2020

Nirmala’s parents, rights activists ‘humiliated’ at PM’s residence

Ujjwal Satyal
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Nirmala Panta’s parents handing over a list of their demands to Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli at his official residence in Baluwatar, Kathmandu, on Monday, September 17, 2018. Photo: RSS

KATHMANDU: Accompanied by Kanchanpur-based human rights activists, Nirmala Panta’s parents had a rare meeting with Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli, ‘only to be humiliated’ at the PM’s official residence in Baluwatar.

The meeting lasted for 45 minutes. Nirmala’s mother Durga Devi gave the Prime Minister a briefing for the first 10 minutes but only to be interrupted by a former lawmaker and PM’s close aide from Bajura, Karna Thapa.

PM then started addressing the delegates which lasted for almost 30 minutes. Dissatisfied with PM’s statement ‘that did not centre around addressing their demands’, a couple of activists tried to disrupt the PM’s speech.

According to the participants at the programme, there was a slight commotion, following which security personnel tried to take them out of the meeting hall.

Nirmala’s father Yagya Raj said, “Even I did not get a chance to say anything to the Prime Minister. We take the action as humiliation towards us. Moreover, lawmakers who were present at the programme also humiliatingly asked us if we were supporters of any party.”

Meanwhile, an aide of PM at his private secretariat, Chetan Adhikari said, “No such misconduct occurred at the meeting; everyone who wished to express their thoughts were given an opportunity.”

Once out of the PM’s official residence, the participants went to meet President of the Nepali Congress, Sher Bahadur Deuba.

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