Ex-Maoist fighter Dilmaya who stood firm despite adversities now serves as SA member

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Baglung, She was barely three years into marriage when her husband was killed in a cross firing during the Maoist decade long insurgency in the country. 
With additional responsibility to raise 14 months daughter (Dipti) alone, and continue the rebel hand in hand, following the killing of her husband Chitra Bahadur Gharti, life's journey of Dilmaya Rokka, a former Maoist rebel, was not obviously easier. Chitra Bahadur was killed in a battle with then Royal Nepal Army in Khara of Rukum on April 7, 2005. 
Now her tireless struggle to find a better place for herself and children, and contribution to her party, now the CPN (Maoist Centre), has paid off. 
She has been elected at 33 as a member of the State Assembly (Province 4)from the Maoist Centre under the proportional representative quota. 
The road to her holding a powerful position from the time when she was involved entirely in the people's rebellion has met with various difficulties and obstacles though. 
Having been a fulltime cadre of then Maoist from 2056 B.S., she contributed to the insurgency as a cultural performer. 
She had associated with various cultural bands like 'Pratirodh Sanskrit Pariwar' and 'Samana Sanskrit Pariwar'. 
"Alongside a cultural performer, I worked for the Maoist being a party responsible member. We at times involved in a battle with then Army. That had inspired and filled us with courage," she recalled. 
She had to face various difficulties to take up dual responsibilities as a mother and a rebel at the same time. "In the absence of my husband, the life had hard for me," she shared. 
The life will not always see a hell. A cultural programme held 14 years ago of which she was a performer, around three months after the killing of her husband, changed her life for the betterment. 
The then All Nepal Cultural Association had played an opera entitled 'Yuddha Maidan Bata Farkida' just before the Maoist's historic Chnuwang meeting started, and Dil Maya had a role to play in the play. 
She performed very well to the extent that her performance drew the attention of, and made the spectators including the Maoist Centre Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal, 'Prachanda' and former Maoist Centre leader Dr Baburam Bhattarai become overwhelmed with emotion. 
"I had sufferings as my husband had been killed fighting for justice. However, the play performed on the stage was similar to the life of mine, and I performed very lively," he recollected. 
"Following the conclusion of the Chunuwang meeting, the party leaders including chairman consoled me, and that was my invaluable moment." "Now I am happy the party I am associated with has recognised my contribution to the country and the party as well. I do not have any other interests except working for the welfare of families of martyrs, and those injured in various movements, and the nation as a whole." 
Born in 2041 B.S. at Tarakhola rural municipality-2 in Baglung, her political career started from 2054 B.S. with the then Maoist. She joined politics as a five grade dropper, but she graduated School Leaving Certificates later in 2067 B.S. 
She got married to Gharti in 2058 B.S. during the insurgency. 
Following the killing of her husband, she tied the knot second time with Karna Pariyar of Galkot in Baglung in 2064 B.S. She has a nine-year-old son (Dipshan) and a seven-year-old daughter (Sneha) from her second marriage. 


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