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Krishna Adhikari

Krishna Adhikari On 6 June 2004, Krishna Prasad Adhikari, a resident of Fujel village of Gorkha District, was murdered in Chitwan District by Maoist cadres. Krishna Prasad was visiting his grandparents after having taken the SLC examinations, and he was abducted from Bakullahar Chowk by men who came on a motorcycle ...
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Maina Sunuwar

Maina Sunuwar Around 6 am on February 17, 2004, a group of RNA soldiers arrested Ms Maina Sunuwar, a 15-year-old schoolgirl of Kharelthok VDC-6, Kavre district. She disappeared since her arrest. Her family members, with support from villagers and school where Maina was a student, visited detention centers ...
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Sanjeev Kumar Karna

Sanjeev Kumar Karna Sanjeev Kumar Karna was one among the 11 persons arrested on October 8, 2003. On that fateful day, they had gone to attend a picnic program organized by the students at a place called Kariyachauri VDC-4, and from picnic, they went to Kataiya Chowri Area of Dhanusha district where they ate some food ...
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Arjun Bahadur Lama

Arjun Bahadur Lama, 48 years in age, permanent resident of Chhatrebas VDC -5, Dapcha in Kavre district was abducted by a group of Maoist cadres, three in number, on 29 April 2005 (2062.1.16 BS) from the premises of Sri Krishna Secondary School at Chhatrebas VDC-1 of the district.
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Hari Prasad Bolakhe

Hari Prasad Bolakhe, 35 (while missing) a permanent resident of Phulbari VDC-8, Kavre district, a pastor by profession, had been missing since the arrest December 27, 2003, was reportedly killed by security persons. A team of National Human Rights Commission discovered a human skeleton in a jungle ...
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Sarala Sapkota

Around 11 p.m. on July 15, 2004, a group of 12 armed soldiers arrested Sarala Sapkota at her grandfather’s house. The family, who witnessed the arrest, stated that soldiers gave Sarala no reason for her arrest. After her arrest, Sarala’s family went to Baireni barracks and the DPO ...
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Birendra Shah

On the evening of 5 October 2007, Mr. Birendra Shah, 34, resident of Inruwasira VDC-8, Bara district, a local journalist of Bara district and correspondent of Nepal FM, Avenues Television and Dristi weekly, was abducted by Maoists from Pipara Bazaar in Kalaiya, the district headquarters of Bara ...
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Bishwanath Parajuli, Tom Nath Poudel and Dhan Bahadur Tamang

Three persons namely Bishwonath Parajuli (also called Nagendra Parajuli), Tom Nath Poudel and Dhan Bahadur Tamang of Hasandaha VDC, Morang were shot dead by the security personnel on 28 September 2004. According to the eyewitnesses, other victims and the villagers, about 16 people were arrested ...
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Chot Nath Ghimire and Shekhar Nath Ghimire

Chot Nath Ghimire, a 58-year-old farmer, resident of Ishaneshor VDC-4, Ratamate Majhpokhari of Lamjung district was allegedly arrested by the Joint Security Forces of Joint Security Camp stationed at Bhorlatar VDC, Lamjung district on February 2, 2002 (2058.10.20). The security camp called Mr. ...
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Bhauna Tharu

Bhauna Tharu (Bhauna Chaudhary in the citizenship card), 21 years old male (at the time of the incident; Date of Birthe: 8 September 1978), son of Purna Bahadur Chaudhary, permanent resident of Sujanpur village, Neulapur VDC-4, Bardiya district, and an employee of Rastriya Gobar Gas, Gulariya, ...
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Close Encounters

Stories from the Frontline of Human Rights Work in Nepal

Close Encounters
During Nepal’s armed conflict and its aftermath, human rights violations not only scarred and destroyed the victims but had a devastating effect on the lives of human rights defenders.
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Torture Survivor Awarded with Compensation

11 June 2013. In its verdict regarding yet another torture case, the Banke District Court on 9 June 2013 has directed to award torture survivor Harkali Pun alias Duji compensation amounting NRs. 51, 000/- (US$ 547). Like the last week verdict in torture survivor Nizamuddin Shekh's case, the court has once again refrained from issuing departmental action against the perpetrators.
Harkali Pun, 49, a resident of Motipur VDC-6, Bardiya district had accused the police of inflicting severe torture on her in custody at District Police Office (DPO), Banke. On 12 July 2011, the police had arrested Harkali near Nepal-India border in the accusation of being involved in human trafficking. With legal assistance from Advocacy Forum (AF), Harkali had filed a case under Torture Compensation Act-1996 against DPO, Banke, the then Police Superintendent Dinesh Amatya and Police Inspector Harka Bahadur Rawal, policewomen Rajani Malla and Bhagawati Subedi on 24 August 2011. On 15 August 2011, she had additionally filed a case of beating against the same respondents.

In her petition, torture survivor Harkali Pun had claimed that the police personnel had randomly beaten her up with a bamboo stick at different parts of her body for two hours and had forcibly asked her to confess to her crime. Her right arm was broken, three fingers of her left hand became crooked and the whole left part of her body sustained bruises due to the torture inflicted on her.

In its verdict, the single bench of Honorable District Justice Shekhar Prasad Poudel found that the police had indeed been involved in inflicting torture on the victim and directed to provide compensation to the victim for the physical and mental loss that she had to sustain. But the court failed to order departmental action against the perpetrators even if the petitioner had clearly pinpointed the names of the perpetrators. The court, however, quashed the petitioner's claim for proceeding with the case on beating. In addition to it, the court found Harkali being involved in human trafficking and awarded her six years of imprisonment for her offense.

AF had been providing legal and medical assistance to the victim.
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