Nepalese mom ends year-long hunger strike

2014-10-19 16:23

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Kathmandu - A Nepalese woman has ended a year-long hunger strike after authorities promised to bring the killers of her son to justice, the government confirmed on Sunday.

Ganga Maya Adhikari, 52, was on a hunger strike for 355 days in an effort to ensure justice for her son, who was 18 when he was taken from his home and killed by Maoist rebels in 2004 during the Nepalese Civil War.

Adhikari ended the strike late on Saturday after the authorities promised to bring the killers to justice, but said she would only start eating solid foods once the guilty parties had been punished.

Suspects have been detained and charged several times in the past only to be released on bail.

Adhikari's husband Nanda Prasad died of heart failure last month after an 11-month hunger strike for the same reason.

The government is at odds with the Unified Maoists, who are demanding a blanket amnesty for crimes committed during the Civil War.

At the same time, Kathmandu has been under pressure from human rights activists and the United Nations to respond to the Adhikari couple's demands.


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