Police 'mercilessly' attacked 14-year-old during Janakpur clash, concludes NHRC

KATHMANDU: The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) said police "mercilessly" used forced on a 14-year-old child during a clash in Janakpur of Dhanusha last week.

The national human rights watchdog said Dinesh Kumar Sah of Janakpur was attacked by police while they clashed with demonstrators protesting against a programme organised to collect people's feedback on the draft constitution.

NHRC member Mohana Ansari had led a team that monitored human rights situation during the feedback collection campaign in Dhanusha and Rautahat districts of the Tarai region.

"Separate discussions held with political parties, civil society, human rights activists, police administration, protestors, journalists and members of the public concluded that," Ansaid said in a press statement today, "the ruthless use of force on the 14-year-old boy directly violated the human rights."

The Commission also urged the government to investigate into the case, bring culprits to book and manage effective treatment to the victim.

Meanwhile, the NHRC expressed its concern over use of children in political demonstrations.

"Protesting parties and groups, guardians and security personnel are found to be ignorant about their responsibility to protect children's right to life, physical and psychological health," the statement added.