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Torture survivor receives compensation

A torture survivor Mr. Amit (name changed) finally receives Rs. 75,000 as compensation from the district administration office Bhaktapur after two years of decision. He was severely tortured by the army for many days in 2005 on charge of supporting the Maoists. He is neither a Maoist nor does he support any political parties. Is he happy about receiving compensation? Yes. Is it enough for reparation (if he was not receiving
support from us)? No. Have the perpetrators been punished? No. It took CVICT more than 3 three years to completely treat the severe consequences of torture. Presently, he faces difficulty making ends meet. The years of life lived in disability and fear has pushed him down the economic ladder. However, hope keeps him moving ahead for a better life and the compensation gives him a sense of justice though incomplete without punishing the perpetrators. It is a shame that the government does almost nothing for thousands of survivors of torture like him who are suffering in silence in many rural corners of Nepal.(17 Sept. 2012)