From The Nepali Press
Jana Aastha, 15 June
FROM ISSUE #254 (01 JULY 2005 - 07 JULY 2005) | TABLE OF CONTENTS
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BHOJPUR ?It was dangerous for 17-year-old Bidya Chauhan to fall in love. Despite protests from her parents, she eloped with a local man. Eventually, her parents sought help from the Maoists to break up the couple. In return, they agreed to force their daughter to join the rebels. Against her own will, Bidya became a full time Maoist worker. In June, she was killed in an encounter with the army, she was carrying a bag full of plastic grenades, socket bombs and other ammunition. The next day, Bidya was reported in the news as a terrorist killed in action. Villagers knew how she had been forced to become a Maoist. This should teach the security forces a lesson, not everyone becomes a Maoist out of their own free will. They shot her dead in cold blood, defenceless and while she was not attacking anyone. ?What can be worse than the government declaring an innocent person a terrorist,? says human rights activist Tulsiram Rai. CDO Sudhir Kumar Shah did everything to cover up the truth when a team of human rights workers visited the site. Injustice against innocent civilians suspected of being Maoists is increasing. Three youths in Boya VDC have been in jail after they were accused of being Maoists. Among them is a nine-year-old boy.