Her name is Bansi Devi Chhaudhari. She lives in Mohanpur village of Saptahari district in Nepal. She is 86, and she has lost her husband and two sons already.

She was crying while she was telling me her story, and my eyes got watery, too. Banso has spent all her life in that village and worked hard to look after her family. Now she is old and her children are grown up, too, but she does not receive enough care and love.

Sometimes I think life is just not fair. This woman has spent all her life for her family, and there are many ama (mothers) like her in Nepal. I couldn’t stop crying. But I couldn’t do anything about it, as I am currently on this march across Nepal for end of untouchability and cast discrimination. But even as I had to walk away, I called her daughter-in-law and requested her that she must look after this old lady. I tried to convince her, saying that she will be one day in that position, too. Her daughter-in-law promised me that she will look well after her and so I walked away again, on my track …

I have met so many people and they all have a story and all their stories are painful. It breaks my heart and I wish every human being would just show some morality and a kind heart. At least, look after your own old parents …

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