Nepal Minute - out of the ordinary


Parliamentarians have demanded an inquiry commission to investigate the self-immolation by a citizen on January 24.

Prem Prasad Acharya, 36, set himself on fire in front of the Parliament building in New Baneshwor at around 3pm that day. He was rushed to the Nepal Cleft & Burn Centre in Kirtipur for medical care, but he succumbed to his injuries the next morning.

Speaking during the special hour in the meeting of the House of Representatives on Wednesday, Prakash Jwala of the CPN (Unified Socialist) demanded a judicial commission to probe the incident. 

Raj Kishor Yadav of the Janata Samajwadi Party Nepal called for tabling a special proposal relating to self-immolation at the Parliament. 

Prem Suwal of the Nepal Majdoor Kissan Party stated that patients visiting Bir Hospital were forced to seek treatment at private hospitals by paying exorbitant fees due to the hospital's absence of intensive care units (ICUs). He stressed the need for adding ICUs in the country's oldest hospital.

On January 26, Acharya's family filed a complaint on the charge of abetment to suicide.
Acharya, a native of Kerabari, Suryodaya-11, Ilam, blamed 11 individuals and organisations, including Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal 'Prachanda', for his death in what is thought to be a suicide note.

Before setting himself on fire, Acharya had posted a 25-point list of demands on his Facebook wall. The message implies that he was financially depleted due to his failed businesses, for which government policies were to blame. He also mentioned that he was suffering from mental issues, which drove him to take such an extreme step.


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