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Mass support for Dr KC

Saturday, August 5th, 2017
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Hundreds of people, including former Chief Justice Sushila Karki and human rights activist Krishna Pahadi, took to the streets of Kathmandu on Saturday to support Govinda KC, the crusading physician who is on the 13th day of his hunger strike demanding reforms in Nepal’s corruption-ridden medical education sector. KC’s health is said to be deteriorating as he is breathing supplementary oxygen and is being administered intravenous fluids.

Doctors, medical students, civil society activists and the general public participated in the rally urging the government to take immediate action to address KC’s seven-point demand, including the endorsement of the Medical Education Bill that was registered in the Parliament last year but has been allowed to languish. The support rally started from Maitighar Mandala and gathered outside Parliament for a mass meeting.

60-year-old KC has survived a cumulative 145 days (and 24 days straight once) without food and water during his 11 successive hunger strikes in the past five years under 6 different governments. Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba convened a meeting of senior leaders on Friday to try to find a way to address KC’s demands, but there appeared to be no sense of urgency among them.

Photos by Gopen Rai.

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