Doubling compensation, punishment for untouchability proposed

Published On: August 26, 2018 09:03 AM NPT By: Ashok Dahal  | @ashokpillar

KATHMANDU, Aug 26: A new bill to amend the existing  Caste Based Discrimination and Untouchability (Offence and Punishment) Act 2011 has proposed doubling the compensation for the victims of untouchability and increasing the punishment for offenders. 

The existing law ratified seven years ago has provisioned a maximum compensation of Rs 100,000 for a  victim of caste-based discrimination. The amendment bill  proposes a maximum compensation of Rs 200,000, besides the  jail term and fine for the offender. 

The amendment bill  also doubles the one-year jail sentence to two years and imposes fines for barring  entry into the house because of untouchability, expulsion  from home, ostracization, obstruction of inter-caste marriages, and distribution of articles or multimedia products promoting or legitimizing untouchability and discrimination. 

The bill bars the production and publication of any article, cartoon or multimedia content portraying untouchability as just. 

The jail sentence  is proposed to be brought into  correspondence with provisions in the recently enacted Criminal Code.  But the provision on fine is at variance  with the newly enacted Muluki Criminal Code. The Criminal Code has provisioned a maximum Rs 30,000 fine under section 166.

Minister for Federal Affairs and General Administration Lal Babu Pandit registered the amendment bill at the parliament secretariat on Friday, in a bid to revise the existing laws on untouchability and safeguard the fundamental right against  discrimination and untouchability. 

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