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“#Occupy Baluwatar” enters into sixth consecutive day

KATHMANDU:
Commoners including various rights activists have staged a sit-in at the Prime Minister’s residence in Baluwatar even today for the sixth consecutive day, calling for ending violence against women and stern action against the perpetrators. The protest had begun spontaneously on last Thursday by the commoners and social media users calling action in the recent cases of the gender-violence. The campaigners have begun the protest using social networking media Twitter and Facebook which they have dubbed  it as ‘#OccupyBaluwatar’. Celebrities, cine artists, journalists, rights activists, players and various personalities fom different walks of life have also thronged Baluwatar to express their solidarity in the movement.
Some 400 people participated in the mass sit-in organized at the initiatives of the youth human rights activists. Different human rights organizations including the women human rights network, the National Federation of the Disabled Nepal, journalists, lawyers and members of the civil society participated in the sit-in demonstration.
The sit-in was organized from 9 to 11 a.m. The participants had demanded judicial probe into the incident of violence against women that took place recently in different places of the country including in Kathmandu and taking stern action against the culprits.

Published Date: Tuesday, January 1st, 2013 | 11:21 PM

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