Bharat Kumari Regmi,
aged 24, had been staying in Khursanibari of Narayan town, the District
Headquarter of Dailekh, teaching in a local government-run primary school. She
was raped by dozens of royal army force after they had surrounded the house
where she was staying at around 4.00 am, on 27th December 2001. This mother of a
five year old son was raped by them till she became unconscious. She was left
naked with all doors and windows of the house wide open. It was only at eight in
the morning that she realized that she was lying in a pool of blood. She
refrained from telling the truth about the gruesome mass rape fearing that she
may be ostracized by her husband and society. However, her husband came to know
of the incident from others and instead of ostracizing her he started taking
care of her all the more lovingly. She says it was because of this that she too
started working in the organization. But what a dilemna! The husband Narayan
Sharma, an alternate Central Committee member of the All Nepalese National Free
Studentís Union (Revolutionary) who gave so much love and who inspired her to
work in the organization was killed by the royal army when he had gone to
participate in the "New Leap Forward Movement" in Dolpa on 23 August, 2002. At
that time Bharat Kumari had gone away for her treatment. Thus Bharat Kumari, the
victim of mass rape at one end and sufferer at having her husband murdered at
the other end has now decided to take revenge against all, by joining the
movement. This is a presentation of part of her interview given to the
representative, Mr. Gagan Sen of Janawaj weekly paper dated 6 March 2003.
Question: Where and
when did the royal army raped you?
Ans: I was staying in
my brotherís place in Khursani ban. From there it was easy for me to go to
school. On that date I was alone at home at that time. One local CID woman (who
was given a cordless phone by the royal army) informed the royal army that my
husband will be coming to meet me. At around 2:00 am at the dead of night about
four dozen royal army men came and surrounded the house and searched for my
husband, but they could not find him. Then after that they started molesting me.
Question: Was there
anyone you could recognize?
Ans: I could not
recognize any one amongst the royal army. However I recognized one Havaldar and
one policeman I had seen them earlier many times. But I donít know their names.
One of them was from the plains, who used to come often pretending to sell
Marich. Another police was the one who had an injury in his hand due to a
gunshot in the police raid in Rukum. Since I was so scared I could not look at
the otherís faces and could not count exactly how many there were.
Question: How did
this incident take place ? Could you explain briefly ?
Ans: First of all the
army searched my pillow, they found Sandiptís (husbandís) photo. They burnt it.
I said, "Whatever may be, this is my husbandís photo why do you burn it?"
Thereafter, one army man gave an order to rape me. They held me and pinned me
down with their boot on my feet. In the first chance I managed to run away. One
of them then hit my chest with his boot. From that blow I became dizzy and fell
down on the ground. I was in a conscious state till six or seven men raped me.
Thereafter I lost my consciousness. In the morning around 8 am I regained my
consciousness. I was still bleeding. I did not have a single cloth on my body.
The tyrants had even left the doors and windows of the house open. I slowly got
up pretending nothing had taken place. But my brother had come to know of it.
After knowing the incident my brother gave an injection to stop the bleeding. To
my brother I said, "Please take me to your brother-in-law." My brother
gave me advice not to go there because of my bad state of health. But I did not
listen and kept looking for Sandipt and I got him. I did not tell Sandipt about
the incident. I loved him a lot. I was afraid he may not accept me if he came to
know of the incident. If he became alienated after knowing this incident then I
thought I would loose everything. (Crying) That is why I kept the incident a
secret for three months.
Question: How did
Sandipt come to know of the incident?
Ans: Although I did
not want to reveal it, someone who must have seen through the open door and they
must have told him. Sandipt too heard the rumour and continued to ask me. For a
long period I avoided by saying it was not true. Even then he said, "You did
not do it with your consent, you tell me." I told him the whole truth.
Question: What kind
of treatment was meted to you by Sandipt and his family after they had come to
know of the incident ?
Ans: I realized I had
a wrong impression about him. He accepted me. Infact he showered me with more
concern and love after I told him all the events. He said revenge must be taken.
For this he advised me to join the Party organization he made me enthusiastic.
When sometimes I sulked he used to make me laugh. He used to say even if you
cannot take revenge I will take it. But, he too has been killed by the enemy
(Crying). I could meet his father only after having undergone treatment I have
not met anyone.
Question: How is
Sandiptís fatherís treatment of you?
Ans: His father said
that you are not our daughter-in-law, you are our son. He said that you have now
taken our sonís place. He cares for me a lot.
arranged for your medical treatment?
Ans: I became all the
more ill staying with Sandipt. I had already come into contact with the Party
organization. It was the party organization that arranged for my treatment. Now
I am fit and am now working in the organization.
Question: When did
you hear of Sandiptís martyrdom (Narayan Sharma)?
Ans: Most probably
the party organization did not tell me immediately of the news because I was
unwell physically and mentally. The news was finally relayed to me by a
responsible comrade after I had reached my work place after having recovered
from the illness. Infact, I had a faint haunch about it while undergoing the
treatment. Later on a responsible comrade explained the whole incident in
Question: How did you
feel when you heard of the martyrdom of com. Sandipt?
Ans: We are human
beings. Being a human being it is natural to have human feelings. I have
feelings. Although I was mature ideologically even then I felt hurt, maybe
because of inherent human feelings. I even fainted for four to five hours after
hearing the news. When ideology leads feelings it is necessary to understand why
he was martyred.
Question: How was
your marriage solemnized?
Ans: It was basically
a love marriage but it was performed traditionally with our brotherís approval.
Question: In your
opinion what is the appropriate solution for the pain inflicted on you, at one
end by mass raping you by the enemy and murdering your husband at the other end?
Ans: In reality, it
is only through grasping correct ideology that can heal such a deep pain. For
the sake of the Nepalese revolution, he continuously fought in favour of the
proletarian class and gave his life for itís sake. In my opinion he was great.
It is by following the bloodstained path left by Sandipt with ideology leading
it and by not letting his bag and his gun fall on ground that my pain will be
reduced. It is only through getting involved in the continuous revolutionary
process that one can get liberated from the pain. I feel I have become
emboldened. I may have some emotional problem but I cannot say that I will not
be able to develop in the ideological field. I will take revenge from my place.
The Vermillion wiped from my hair parting will see the red rays of the morning
sun. I am very hopeful.
the country, there are many women family victims like you who have suffered
similar pains. What message do you have for them ?
Ans: First of all for
those victims who are working in the party organization, I would like to tell
them that they should not halt their steps from marching ahead because of some
disillusion created by observing partial loss. Let us all be brave and let us go
ahead to take revenge against oppression, repression and tyranny meted on us.
Let us not look at our personal loss as a big loss. Let us look at the gains
gained by our Party. Those of the family of martyred comrades who have not
joined the organization I would like to say to them that those who gave their
life for the sake of the nation and its people, they have certainly not chosen
the wrong path. We should not feel hopeless because children have been robbed of
their parentís, or that the sisterís Vermillion has been wiped off from the
parting of their hair. We will repay our fighterís blood, with blood. The party
has made big achievements. The blood shed of our near and dear ones have not
gone waste. Let us follow the spirit of that blood. It is in that process that
we can meet our martyred relatives.