Kathmandu, July 31
Ganga Maya Adhikari, who has staged fast-unto-death for several times demanding that murderers of her teenage son, killed in 2004 in Chitwan during the decade-long armed conflict, be booked, says he has already been convinced that she will die fasting as she has concluded that the government will never meet her demand.
Her son Krishna Prasad was killed during the decade-long Maoist insurgency. Her husband Nanda Prasad Adhikari died in course of a hunger strike that he staged to press for legal action against the killers. After that, Ganga Maya has been staging and breaking fast repeatedly.
Of late, she broke the fast 15 days ago after the government and human rights activists convinced her that her demand would be met as a prime suspect of the murder surrendered before the Supreme Court. The government had assured her that her demand would be met in next 10 days.
“But, I don’t think they will be me justice. I don’t think I will get justice and my demand will be met,” Adhikari tells Onlinekhabar at the Bir Hospital, “Nonetheless, I will wait and see. I have already postponed my hunger strike.”
“They [human rights activists] say I need not die as they are working [to meet my demands]. Yes, I too don’t want to die,” an emotional Adhikari says, “I have a son, I have a grandson. His dad [Nanda Prasad] died, the brother [Krishna Prasad] was killed. Now, I have to to take care of his future.”
“But, why do you think I should live if my son’s demand will not be fulfilled?” she questions, “I am already convinced that I will die fasting.”
“I have already told doctors that I will not eat dal-bhat. This is not needed,” she says, “It has already been seven years since I last took my normal meal. Why should I eat dal-bhat now?”