Satyarthi hospitalised

Kathmandu: Indian human rights activist Kailash Satyarthi who is on a hunger strike for the cause of Nepali children trapped in a circus, has been admitted to the Civil Hospital in Lucknow. Satyarthi told The Himalayan Times from Lucknow that he is suffering from kidney infection and high blood pressure apart from other injuries. "The police forcibly brought me to the hospital today," he said, adding that he had refused to be taken to a hospital yesterday. The Global March Against Child Labour (GMACL) and Bachpan Bachao (BBA) Andolan are set to file a habeas corpus plea at the Supreme Court of India for the release of the ten girls from the Great Roman Circus in Gonda district, Uttar Pradesh. Nita Lama, a Nepali girl who is testifying in a rape case against circus owner Raja Mohammad Khan, is still in police custody. However, the demonstration in front of the State Assembly, Lucknow, by 200 protesters gained momentum even without Satyarthi. Foreign Secretary Madhu Raman Acharya said all the children in the circus have been rescued. —HNS