Suman Adhikari - a human rights defender from Nepal.
Yesterday I met Suman Adhikari, who is a human rights activist from Nepal. This is what Suman told me. This is his story – not mine. This is what he told me.
Suman’s father – Muktinath Adhikari – was a teacher in Lamjung district. He was a head master of the local school. One day the Maoists came to their home and demanded 25 % of his salary. Suman’s father refused to pay the Maoists. The Maoists came frequently, and all the teachers at the school refused to pay them. One day during the Dashain in 2001, the Maoists came again and demanded money from his father. It got late in the evening, and they wanted food. Suman’s mother was sick after an operation, and was able to prepare the food for the Maoists. The father offered to cook together with the Maoists. But they got upset and left the house.
In 2002, the Maoists came again the school where Suman’s father worked. They went from class to class asking for the head master. Suman’s father was teaching a class. The Maoists came in the class room, dragged him out and his hands were tightened with a rope at the back. The other teachers were gathering outside, and were told by the Maoists that Suman’s father would be back in half an hour. They just had something to talk to him about.
They Maoists dragged Suman’s father for 10 minutes up the hill above the school to a field where there were no people around. It happened around 1pm. Suman only heard what had happened around 4 pm – three hours later.
Suman’s father got tightened to a tree, and here he was executed by the Maoists with bullets in the head. People were told not to go up there otherwise the same would happen to them.
The case was filed with the police in 2002. But nothing has happened. The police has done nothing. The police did not want to investigate the case, and therefore it has not be possible to file a case with the court.
This is what Suman told me in Kathmandu on Sunday afternoon 21st September 2014.
Today, Suman Adhikari is an active human rights defender in Nepal.