Nepal | November 27, 2020

Resham’s manacled leg enrages PM

Chief secy told to take action against cops who did this

Himalayan News Service
Share Now:

Kathmandu, June 22

Enraged by the manacles that bound Rastriya Janata Party-Nepal lawmaker Resham Chaudhary’s leg to the bed at Bir Hospital, where Chaudhary is undergoing treatment, Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli ordered Chief Secretary Lok Darshan Regmi to take action against erring police officers.

The PM’s Secretariat team member Chetan Adhikari said the PM called the chief secretary and told him to take action against the erring officers.

The PM’s directive came after political leaders and commoners expressed outrage on social networking sites at the inhuman treatment meted out to Chaudhary, who was admitted to Bir Hospital on Thursday evening.

Chaudhary remains in jail as he was recently convicted by Kailali District Court in the Tikapur carnage case. He has challenged his conviction in the High Court.

Samajwadi Party-Nepal leader and former prime minister Baburam Bhattarai met Chaudhary yesterday and condemned the treatment meted out to him in an an angry facebook post.

He wrote: What an irony this is that those who were tortured by the Panchayat regime in the past on the charges of being terrorist and anti-national are meting out the same injustice on oppressed Tharu agitators? But before writing the angry post on facebook, Dr Bhattarai confronted the police personnel accompanying Chaudhary to the hospital, spoke to a higher ranking police officer against the iron chain around Chaudhary’s leg and took a photo with his mobile phone despite police objection, according to Resham’s brother Mithu.

It was because of Bhattarai’s intervention that police removed the manacle from Chaudhary’s leg last night.

Human rights lawyer Mohan Kumar Karna said the manacle was a violation of his human rights.

Article 22 (1) of the constitution stipulates that no person who is arrested or detained shall be subjected to physical or mental torture or to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment.

Director General of Prison Department Hari Prasad Mainali said his office had not received any directive on this yet and his office was yet to investigate the matter. “But clamping iron chain around an inmate’s body during treatment is wrong,” he said.

Member of the National Human Rights Commission Mohna Ansari said her office would visit the hospital tomorrow to get first hand information.

“This is a clear case of Chaudhary’s rights violation and we will draw the attention of the authorities concerned to the issue. If the erring official(s) repeat such mistakes, then the NHRC will seek disciplinary action against them,” she said.

Resham’s younger brother Mithu told THT that his brother could not freely change side on the hospital bed on Thursday night as his leg was shackled. “My brother had a backache and as police had chained his leg, it was difficult for him to change side on the bed,” he added.

The manacle has caused Resham’s leg muscles to swell. Doctors have told Chaudhary that he might have to spend a week or two at the hospital to fully recover from his illness.

Mithu said his brother had started suffering back pain three weeks ago. About a week ago, he felt excruciating pain while exercising. He had to use crutches to walk around before he was admitted to Bir Hospital on Thursday. He said police also wanted to manacle one hand of his brother’s, but gave up the idea after Resham said he would not allow that irrespective of the consequences he might have to face.


A version of this article appears in print on June 23, 2019 of The Himalayan Times.


Follow The Himalayan Times on Twitter and Facebook

Recommended Stories:

More from The Himalayan Times:

KP Sharma Oli, Harsh Vardhan Shringla

Indian foreign secy stresses on close ties between India, Nepal

KATHMANDU, NOVEMBER 26 India’s Foreign Secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla, who arrived here today on a two-day visit, held a bilateral meeting with his Nepali counterpart Bharat Raj Paudyal. They reviewed several aspects of Nepal-India relations covering trade, transit, connectivity, infrastru Read More...

Ministry of Home Affairs

Banking channel mandatory for distribution of social security allowance

KATHMANDU, NOVEMBER 26 The Government of Nepal has made it mandatory for all 753 local levels to distribute social security allowance to beneficiaries through banking channel. A notice recently published by the Ministry of Home Affairs in the Nepal Gazette said the provision was stipulated in Read More...

UN condemns girl’s rape, murder

KATHMANDU, NOVEMBER 26 The UN in Nepal has strongly condemned the rape and killing of a six-year-old girl in Bardibas which was reported in the media. “We urge the relevant authorities to urgently follow due process and ensure that the perpetrator is held accountable,” read a press stateme Read More...

Subway construction in Kalanki

Council of trade unions slams employers

KATHMANDU, NOVEMBER 26 The Council affiliated to the International Trade Union Federation has called for including workers of the informal and self-employed sectors in the social security scheme. In a joint statement, the three large trade unions of the country – General Federation of Trade Read More...

‘Nepal will graduate to developing country soon

KATHMANDU, NOVEMBER 26 Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli stressed the need to advance the social security scheme with coordination, collaboration and cooperation among the three tiers of government. Addressing a programme organised by the Social Security Fund on the occasion of the Third Social Sec Read More...

Private sector’s role in reviving tourism stressed

KATHMANDU, NOVEMBER 26 The private sector needs to unite and work together for rehabilitation and revival of the tourism sector that has been hard-hit by COVID-19 pandemic. Speakers at an interaction organised by Nepal Tourism Board to promote tourism highlighted this. They further stressed th Read More...

Cultural sites to be rebuilt in two years

KATHMANDU, NOVEMBER 26 Minister of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation Yogesh Kumar Bhattarai claimed all the earthquake-damaged cultural and religious heritages would be reconstructed within two years. Inaugurating the construction of Narayan Chatubyuha temple’s entrance gate on the premise Read More...

Nepse at new high, but analysts advise caution

KATHMANDU, NOVEMBER 26 The Nepal Stock Exchange created a fresh record today, as the benchmark index advanced by 18.43 points to rest at an all-time high of 1,893.24 points. Prior to this, the all-time record of Nepse was 1,881.45 in 2018. While the Nepse index had surged as high as 1,926.92 poin Read More...