The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has urged Nepal Government to be serious about the deteriorating health condition of Ganga Maya Adhikari, who has been staging a fast-unto-death for more than seven weeks now demanding justice for her son.
According to a press release issued by NHRC, the rights-body had deployed a investigating team led by NHRC Chairperson Tapa Bahadur Magar to investigate about the health condition of Ganga Maya.
“The investigation team talked to Director of Bir Hospital Dr Kedar Century about the current health condition of Ganga Maya. While investigating, the team found that the Ganga Maya didn’t have enough nutrients in her body due to prolonged hunger strike and her veins are shrinking, which might lead to life-threatening health condition anytime,” the press release reads.
Ganga Maya and her late husband Nanda Prasad Adhikari, residents of Gorkha district, started a hunger strike as part of their Satyagraha since January 2013, demanding justice after the murder of their youngest son 16-year-old Krishna Prasad during the Maoist insurgency.
On 22 September 2014, the 334th day of the couple’s hunger strike, Nanda Prasad died.
Though Ganga Maya continued her Satyagraha even after her husband’s death, the hunger strike was postponed on the 359th day when the government promised to fulfill its commitment to address Ganga Maya’s demand for justice and pledged to look after her throughout her life.
Six years since the government’s pledge to justice, the promise has yet to materialise and Ganga Maya has staged fast-unto-death on several occasions at the Bir Hospital premises.
The human rights body has directed the government to transfer Ganga Maya to a facilitated ICU and update the Commission about her health condition.
Similarly, the Commission has requested Nepal Government to ensure her rights to justice and asked Ganga Maya not to choose a way to protest that could seriously harm her health conditions.