Former Maoist Combatant Gyan Bahadur Lama wins PAHUNCH

KATHMANDU, NEPAL – December 23, 2016: Former Maoist Combatant Gyan Bahadur Lama, 50, won the first season of PAHUNCH, Nepal’s first reality TV show to improve relations between the police and the public. Basketball player Maya Shyangten and model Prabina Dahit finished second and third. The contestants won a cash prize of two lakh, fifty thousand, and thirty thousand rupees respectively.

“I am grateful to my fans who supported me throughout this journey. I am thankful to the Nepal Police officers who trained and mentored us,” Gyan said. “During Nepal’s conflict, I thought the police were against us. But after being a part of PAHUNCH, I have realized that they too are like us, and need our support,” he stated.

PAHUNCH is a 13-episode reality TV show designed to strengthen collaboration and mutual trust between the police and the public in Nepal, while informing citizens about the challenges of police work. The show’s eight contestants received specialized training and mentorship from officers of the Nepali Police and solved fictional cases of sexual harassment, homicide, human trafficking, and more.

Search for Common Ground Nepal’s Director of Programs, Yubakar Raj Rajkarnikar, said that “the reality show has succeeded in humanizing the police and also triggered a sense of belonging of the public towards the police. The Nepal Police cannot function in isolation. They need the support of the public to ensure peace and security. This is the key message of the reality TV game show.”

PAHUNCH is produced by Search for Common Ground, directed by acclaimed Nepali filmmaker Tsering Rhitar Sherpa, funded by UKAID, and supported by the Nepali Police. Given its success, the show has been renewed for a second season, which Mr. Rajkarnikar said, “will be more interactive in terms of public participation”. Application forms for Season 2 are available here.

For more information about Pahunch, please contact:

Nepali Press
Ayush Joshi
Communications Coordinator
Search for Common Ground Nepal

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Massimiliano Colonna
Communications Manager
Search for Common Ground

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