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Dr Govinda KC begins his 17th hunger strike in Dadeldhura


Senior orthopaedic surgeon Dr Govinda KC has begun his 17th hunger strike in Dadeldhura district from today.

Dr Govinda KC addressing at a press meet in Dadeldhura district before beginning his 17th hunger strike on Monday, November 4, 2019. Photo: Baburam Shrestha/THT

According to THT’s regional correspondent Baburam Shrestha, Dr KC had confirmed that he would begin his hunger strike in the district today. Shrestha stated that Dr KC’s blood and urine tests have been carried out at Dadeldhura Hospital.

Dr KC, however, will not be carrying out the strike inside the hospital premises, reported Shrestha, adding that he would be staying in a private residence belonging to a local, some 500 meters away from the gate of the hospital.

The senior doctor had warned to stage a fresh hunger strike if his seven-point demands were not met by the government, after arriving in Charikot of Dolakha district, on October 15. Organizing a press meet there, Dr. KC, who has already staged 16 hunger strikes prior to this, gave an ultimatum to the government to address his demands by October 25.

He had warned that if his demands were not addressed before the stipulated time, he would stage his next hunger strike from October 30 until his demands were met by PM Oli-led government.

“I do not have any immediate plans to return to Kathmandu. So I can stage fast-unto-death in any district,” Dr. KC, who has been demanding reforms in the medical sector for long, had said.

Details and Impacts
Violent / Non-violent Nonviolent
Onesided / Twosided Onesided
Primary Form Strike/Bandh
Primary Cause Issues related to the quality of public services (health, education etc.)and access to these services
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Actor 1 - Affiliations Women's Rights Activists
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Actor 2 - Affiliation (Target) Government and civil servants at central level
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