Devi Sunuwar - a human rights defender from Nepal.
Devi Sunuwar's family was involved in politics but was not affiliated with the Maoists. They were affiliated with the United Communist Party Nepal (UCPN).
On Falgun 1st 2060 Devi went to her mother’s house to see her mother who had eye problems, leaving her husband, two sons and daughter at home. In the middle of the night, a group of army men came to her mother’s house in search of Rina Rasailai, her brother’s daughter. Rina Rasailai was suspected to have an association with the Maoist party. Rina Rasailai was taken by the army men and was brutally tortured the whole night, raped and killed in the morning.
The same night two other people from the same village were also killed. On Falgun 2 , the army people did a press release stating that three Maoist commanders were killed in a crossfire.
On Falgun 4th, Devi did another press release against the claim of the army people stating that the 3 people killed were not Maoist commanders but school children.
On Falgun 5th, the army people went to Devi's house in search of her but she was still at her mother’s house so they took her daughter, Maina Sunuwar instead. Maina Sunuwar was 14 years old studying in Grade 9. The father and two brothers were helpless and they did not know where she was taken.
The family found out that she was taken to Birendra Peace Operations Training Centre , Panchkhal and was killed and buried in the premises of the centre. Devi Sunuwar filed a case against four army officers, Niranjan Basnet, Babi Khatri, Sunil Adhikari and Amit Pun.
The then army commander in chief Pyar Jung Thapa promised to punish the perpetrators. The family was told that the four army officers were imprisoned for 6 months by the military court but the family’s demand was to bring them into the independent civilian court.
The case was filed at the Supreme Court and they approached the International Court as well but to date they have not received justice. They have received NRS 3 Lakhs as compensation till date although they were promised to receive 10 Lakhs by the Government.
Today, Devi Sunuwar has formed an NGO working for truth, justice and human rights in Nepal. Devi Sunuwar do not want this to happen again to other girls.
The case has long ago been filed with the Supreme Court and the National Human Rights Commission of Nepal. So far nothing has happened.