Dalit News and Views from Nepal, January 2012: Stories of crimes against humanity as they happen!

5 charged with practicing untouchability released

TANAHUN, Jan 9: Five people charged with physically abusing a dalit woman in public place were granted bail by the district court on Sunday.

District Court Tanahun ordered the release of 45-year-old Achitkumar Shrestha of Ghasikuwa-1, Nahala and his two daughters, Aradhana, 17, and Puja, 13, and two locals of Bhanumati VDC-4, 28-year-old Kalpana Shrestha and 47-year-old Keshav Shrestha on a bail of Rs 10,000 for each.

The five were accused of thrashing 27-year-old Maya Bishwakarma on December 25 when she was about to fill water from a public tap.

DSP Gautamraj Kattel said that all the accused were released on Sunday following the court´s order.

Stating that she was thrashed and beaten just for being a dalit, the victim had filed a case against the Shrestha family on December 27.

Bishwakarma received treatment nearly 20 hours after the incident at Damauli Hospital.

Published on 2012-01-09 22:28:31 MYREPUBLICA.COM

Lawmakers discuss dalits rights

KATHMANDU, Jan 6: Discussion in principle on “Bill on National Dalit Rights Commission- 2066 BS” has been concluded on Friday.

The bill was drafted aiming to provide social justice and bring the people of dalit communities in the mainstream of national development by promoting and protecting their rights.

A meeting of the Legislation Committee held this afternoon in Singha Durbar gave a final touch to the two-day-long discussions and clause-wise discussion would be started in the next meeting, chairperson of the Legislation Committee of the Parliament, Yashoda Gurung said.

However, the lawmakers have been divided over whether or not dalit groups exist in Newar communities as included in the schedule of the draft as ´Dalit group of Newar Community´.

Lawmakers from Newar communities, Mangal Siddhi Manandhar, Buddha Ratna Manandhar, Sunil Prajapati and others said there are no dalit groups and therefore no caste discrimination in Newar community and demanded to scrap the schedule. The bill has included Kapali, Kusule, Pode, Chyame, Deula, Khadgi and Kasahi of Newar community in the list of dalit groups.

However, lawmaker Tilak Pariyar, Chhabilal Bishwokarma, Khadga Bahadur Basyal, Khimlal Devkota, Laxman Lal Karn, Padma Lal Bishwokarma, Bishwendra Paswan and others said that the dalit groups of Newar community were enjoying some extra facilities from the State.

The lawmakers agreed to resolve the issue by holding discussions with the groups concerned.

Chairperson Gurung said the bill will be submitted in the Legislature-Parliament with amendment based on consensus after completing necessary discussions on it.

Published on 2012-01-06 15:12:40 MYREPUBLICA.com

DALIT MURDER CASE: sunar’s alleged murderers remanded in custody

JUMLA, Jan 3: Jumla Distict Court on Monday has remanded in custody the alleged murderers of Manbir Sunar of Jubitha, Kalikot for further investigation.

The single bench of Judge Amrit Bahadur Basnet has remanded Min Bahadur Shahi, Deep Bahadur Shahi and Jas Bahadur Shahi in police custody.

Blakumari Shahi, the wife of hotel owner Jas Bahadur, has been released in bail.

Sunar was beaten up by the culprits in Jas Bahadur´s hotel for intruding in the kitchen. He succumbed to his injuries on his way to a hospital.

Khallagad police had arrested all three on the day of the incident.

Meanwhile, various Dalit organizations have urged INSEC Nepal to rectify their investigation report which claimed that the motive behind Sunar´s murder was not just the intrusion of the kitchen.

Published on 2012-01-03 14:39:41 MYREPUBLICA.COM

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