Manjima’s father was a lawyer and teacher at the university. When Manjima was seven years old her father disappeared. It happened in 1998 in Tanahun district.
The police came from time to time and arrested her father. They were saying that he supported the Maoists.
One day her father and two other teachers were arrested again by the police in Tanahun district. Her father was down at the river to bath when the police came and took him. It happened in the morning, and the hole day he was dragged around in the village by the police. In the evening he was taken to the local police station. Manjima and her two sisters and brothers were small and did not know what to do.
Her father was tortured at the police station. He got needles in his body, electrical shocks and was beaten with iron rods. The father disappeared after being tortured at the police station.
Manjima do not know what happened to her father. She never saw him again. She cannot remember exactly when she became aware of the incident. As siblings they were told that their father had gone abroad.
Manjima’s uncle filed a case at Supreme Court of Nepal. He also visited political parties and police stations. The Supreme Court of Nepal has cancelled many cases, but Manjima’s case is not dropped because her father was a lawyer. Her father’s case is filed together with 81 other cases. A verdict was given in 2007, but nothing has happened. The case has also been raised by Amnesty International for the Prime Minister. The international human rights commission also filed a case.
Many families in Nepal are facing similar cases, but nothing has happened.
Manjima’s mother was a teacher in a local primary school. She was also harassed by the police. They also arrested her. Every day she had to report at the police station. Her mother was not able to stay in the village, and she was forced to leave with her children in 2008. Every time she was arrested, the siblings could not manage on their own. Nobody in the village dared help them. If they helped the same would happen to them. If they helped the family they would be punished by the police.
Today, Manjima lives with her mother in Kathmandu. Three years after her father was disappeared by the police they moved to Kathmandu.
The Peace Accord was signed in 2006, but Manjima still do not know what happened to her father. She do not know where he is. They still have contact to the two teachers, who where arrested together with her father in 1998.
Today, Manjima is a journalist with the Rising Nepal writing on educational issues. She has coordinated the publication of a book about the incident. Maoist leader Baburam Bhattarai attended the event.
Manjima still hope that her father will come back. Her mother received 3 lakhs of rupees (3000 USD) as compensation. It came in instalments.
The National Human Rights Commission of Nepal has also filed a case. Manjima’s father was the Chair of the BAR association in Gorkha so the case gets attention. Even two years after he disappeared he was still the Chair.
Manjima thinks that the political parties want amnesties for their crimes. They were part of the war, and do not want to be punished. Manjima is not in favour of amnesty for serious human rights violations and war crimes. She do not expect or want the same to happen to the perpetrators as what happened to her father. But they must confess so that the same do not happen again.
The political parties are afraid of the victims. The political parties will not face the truth and realise their mistakes.
This is what Manjima told me on a Sunday afternoon 21st september 2014 in Kathmandu.