Pokhara, January 13
With both parents doing time in prisons on the charge of involvement in human trafficking, a one-and-a-half-year-old minor has also been compelled to stay in prison in Kaski.
Bishnu Sunar, the mother, has appealed for necessary help to protect her innocent child, as she is facing a hard time in the prison. She has been doing time at District Prison Kaski whereas her husband Sudhan Paswan is in District Prison Tanahun.
District Court Kaski convicted the duo to15 years in jail nine months ago.
“It is obvious that we have to face the penalty for our crime, but my innocent son has been compelled to face a hard time in prison with me. His life would be saved if somebody stretched their helping hands for his proper care and gradually for his studies,” said Bishnu.
Bishnu Sunar of Tanahun tied the knot with Sudhan, an Indian national, seven years ago.
Daily wage earner Sudhan was held for human trafficking nine months ago.
As the couple is yet to register their marriage, there is no birth certificate of their son Suraj Paswan. Their elder son is under the protection of Bishnu’s mother. “The elder son has no access to education either,” lamented Bishnu.
Lions Club of Pokhara Chair Sita Pande said she was taking initiatives for the protection of the minor. Kaski Prison Chief Hari Prasad Gautam said discussions were under way with the concerned stakeholders to do what is required for the protection of the minor.
A version of this article appears in print on January 14, 2016 of The Himalayan Times.