From The Nepali Press
Space Time, 5 January
FROM ISSUE #178 (09 JAN 2004 - 15 JAN 2004) | TABLE OF CONTENTS
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Charikot - School teacher Prem Prasad Kharel was injured severely after he was beaten by the security forces while he was on his way to his school. Even when he told them that he was a teacher, the security forces showed no mercy because they believed him to be a Maoist. Kharel had a pile of schoolbooks, his lunch and his teacher's identity card with him that that Saturday morning. "They kept hitting me, saying my name was not on the card," says Kharel. After a leaving him nearly unconscious, they ordered him to show up at the district headquarters in a few days. With the help of human rights activists, Kharel has filed a case at the district administration office at Dolakha stating that the security force should be accountable to the people. "They are here to protect not abuse us," he said.