Urmila speaks out after Nepal demo injury
June 2013: Plan Because I am a Girl ambassador Urmila Chaudhary has spoken out after suffering serious injuries during an anti-slavery protest in Nepal - and shown her fighting spirit by raising her hand in support of girls’ education.
Urmila, 22, a former kamalari (child servant), was taking part in a 3-day sit-in at Ratnapark, Kathmandu, earlier this month, calling on the Nepalese government to investigate the deaths of 6 teenage girls, disappearance of 27 and pregnancy of 11 others, while working as kamalaris in households.
As the demonstration escalated, police reportedly used force against the protestors and Urmila was pushed to the ground, suffering head injuries and losing consciousness.
Urmila, who is a key part of Plan’s Kamalari Abolition Project, says: “We were asking for a girls’ right to education, but the [police] force didn’t pay attention. I think I was targeted because I was leading the protest. They caught my neck, and I was kicked all over my body and stomach. I became faint and when I opened my eyes I was in hospital.”
Urmila and the other protestors are now starting to see some results: the Nepalese government has agreed to take action on the issues they brought to light.
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