Love, a ‘deadly trap’ for Dalits!

February 17, 2024 10:05 am

KATHMANDU, Feb 17: A 19-year-old girl from the so called ‘high caste family’ from Baglung Galkot fell in love with Prakash BK, a Dalit youth from a neighboring village. The story took place 15 years ago. Within a year, their love affair deepened. Protests started from the girl's family when they came to know about their inter-caste love affair.

KATHMANDU, Dec 8:  A study has revealed that 40 Dalits have been killed in the 12 years since the enactment of the Caste-based Discrimination and Untouchability Act in Nepal.

RAMPUR, Nov 16: Traditional cultural values and practices are in decline these days as modernization is making in-roads in society.

10 families get new homes in Siraha

October 18, 2023 13:53 pm

SIRAHA, Oct 18: Ten Dalit families have been provided with new homes in Bhulke, Kajarnaha Municipality-4, Siraha. Each of these homes includes three rooms and a toilet and is the outcome of collaboration between the local government and the Bhawani Integrated Development Center.

I remember those days of three decades ago, when one of my Brahmin friends of western Nepal married a Dalit girl of Kathmandu by confronting the intense resistances from his family members and society as well.

PALPA, June 7: The incidents of caste discrimination and untouchability are continued unabated in the rural areas in the district. Conservative thoughts and superstitions are behind such incidents.

BAITADI, Nov 8: The CPN-UML has successfully concluded its local level convention in Baitadi district under the party’s 10th General Convention.

Sarthak Dasgupta, the writer and director of the upcoming film "200 - Halla Ho", says that the film, based on a true story, intends to deliver an important message on the lives of Dalit women in our country. The trailer of the film was released on Thursday.

Kathmandu, June 23: Since last week, Nepali press and social media are  abuzz with news  about how a Dalit girl was denied to rent a room in Kathmandu, expossing the deep-rooted caste-based discmrination in Nepal.  Rupa Sunar, a journalist from the Dalit communty was denied to rent a room by a landlady in Kathmandu as she came to know she belonged to a so-called lower caste. The 2015 Constitution of Nepal, the country’s criminal code, and the Caste-Based Discrimination  and Untouchability (Offense and Punishment) Act, 2011 prohibit all forms of discrimination against  vulnerable communities, including Dalits.

Dalit lives matter

August 20, 2020 08:00 am

Caste system is deeply rooted in the Nepali society and has been in practice since ancient times. The caste system has been divided into pure and impure domains based on the life practices. The Tagadharis (thread wearing people) and Matawalis (liquor drinking people) are placed under pure and Dalits or Acchuts (untouchable) are placed under impure castes. Such social stratification was based on the profession they carried which has no meaning and sense in the twenty first century globalized world but created division back then. There is no system of moving Dalits to higher castes despite practicing good Karmas (work) and acquiring better knowledge. This has given space to people from upper castes to suppress Dalits till the date.

KATHMANDU, Sept 5: Chairperson of the ruling Nepal Communist Party (NCP) Pushpa Kamal Dahal said that his party would try its best to implement the constitution.

KATHMANDU, June 25: Rastriya Janata Party Nepal (RJPN) has begun talks to form alliance with fringe parties in order to revive the identity movement which has been losing steam since the promulgation of the new constitution in 2015.

GORKHA, June 12: So far a total of 451 families in Gorkha district have got house of their own under the government’s Janata Awas Karyakram (People’s Housing Programme).

Sanskrit for Dalits

May 7, 2019 00:25 am

It was reported on May 31, 2018 that Bikash Karkidholi, eight years old, was not admitted in Shree Krishna Dwarpayan Gurukul Bedbidhya Asharam in Bhadrapur, Jhapa because he was a Dalit. I wanted to know if all Sanskrit schools are denying admissions to Dalit children. I went to Bhagwat Sanyas Ashram located at Ram-Mandir site in Pashupatinath temple premises.

KATHMANDU, Feb 21: Lawmakers representing Dalit community have expressed displeasure over the government preparation to come up with the Employee Bill by slashing the existing arrangement of reservation.

An elderly dalit man was set on fire for trying to enter a temple in Hamirpur on Wednesday evening.

BHOJPUR, Aug 16: Members of a Dalit family from Arun Rural Municipality-4 of Bhojpur, who arrived in the district headquarters demanding security after being displaced from their village, has returned home after security assurance and legal action against the guilty.

KHOTANG, Aug 3: An office assistant at a school in Diktel, the district headquarters of Khotang has claimed that the school administration fired her for being a Dalit.

She will be honored with a cash prize of Rs 500,000 and a letter of appreciation. The award will be provided on August 15 amid a function.

KALIKOT, June 7: Terming it as a murder and nothing else, Dalit activists in Kalikot have demanded due action against the accused for killing Mana Sarki, ward member of Naraharinath Rural Municipality - 9. They have handed over a memorandum to the District Administration Office urging justice to the victim's family.

KATHMANDU, June 6: She was fine until four o'clock on Saturday afternoon. What happened next took away her life. Ward member of Narahari Village Municipality - 9 in Kalikot, Mana Sarki was a mother of six, and she leaves behind a family devastated by their loss.

KATHMANDU, June 5: Lawmaker Kaludevi Bishwakarma shared her month-long struggle to rent an apartment in Kathmandu, at a meeting of the House of Representatives on Monday. There was pin-drop silence in the chamber for a few minutes when she was speaking.

KATHMANDU, May 24: In the memory of Sujata Shakya, late member of Inner Wheel Club of New Road City, the club distributed school bags, uniforms, shoes, and other educational materials to students of Sundar Adharbhoot School of Gajuri in Dhading district, on May 19.

On April 2, 2018, the nation-wide protest called by the Dalit community turned ugly.

DAILEKH, Feb 9: Expressing  anger against the school authorities for allowing a Dalit woman to cook their lunch, students of a local school in Teejdanda, Dailekh have padlocked the school office.

KATHMANDU, Feb 1: The dalit representation in the local levels in the country stands at 22 per cent, Jagaran Media Centre, an NGO working for the dalit rights and empowerment, has stated.

MAHOTTARI, Jan 20: The poor locals of Khairabani rural municipality are waiting for warm clothes and other urgent essential goods as they are adversely affected by the cold wave.

RAUTAHAT, Jan 18: Senior orthopedic surgeon Dr Govinda KC, who was in hunger strike less than a week ago, has arrived in Rautahat to share warmth with the locals suffering from the frostbiting cold.

RAJBIRAJ, Jan 10 : The local administration has distributed blankets to the cold wave affected people in Saptari district. Normal life in Tarai districts including Saptari has been adversely affected due to cold for the past one week.

DOLPA, Jan 6: There were days when the Dalit people of Dolpa had to walk for three long hours to fetch water from a local river. Despite knowing that the muddy water of the river is harmful to their health, they had no other option but to drink it for survival. However, there days have changed for good after a drinking water tap was installed in their locality for the first time.

KATHMANDU, Dec 24: Dalit activists have expressed deep disappointment over the exclusion of Dalits from the Madhes region in the central and provincial parliaments. They have also criticized the major parties for this failure.

KATHMANDU, Dec 22: When the Nepali Congress (NC) proposed Nripa Oda as the party’s mayoral candidate in Dhangadhi Sub-metropolitan City last summer, a section of leaders within the party opposed the idea, saying someone like Oda won’t enjoy the support of upper caste voters.

KATHMANDU, Nov 10: The two-day 'Nepal Dalit Youth Conference – 2017' organised with the main slogan of participation of Dalit youth in the elimination of caste-based discrimination and 'untouchability' concluded, issuing a 14-point Kathmandu Declaration.

BAJURA, Oct 101: Six houses were destroyed on Monday night after a fire broke out in Dalit community of Swamikartik Rural Municipality-3, Jajarkot.

The construction of Dalit Museum in Gaunsahar of Thumkidhada is about to finish. With the establishment of the museum, the area is expected to be a visitors’ hub. Gaunsahar also boasts a persuasive home stay facility, initiated by the District Development Committee, for its guests.

KANCHANPUR, Oct. 6: A Dalit settlement at Tilathi Koiladi Rural Municipality-3 in Saptari district has been affected due to diarrhoea outbreak.

MAHOTTARI, Sept 13: Sanjogiya Devi, who has registered her candidacy for the Dalit member of Siswa Manara Municipality-8 from Nepali Congress (NC), has been elected unopposed for the post.

DHANGADHI, July 8: Nepali Congress (NC) candidate Nripa Bahadur Od has been elected the mayor of the one and only sub-metropolitan city of Province 7, Dhangadhi.

BAJURA, June 26: Untouchability system is yet to be eradicated in Bajura district.

BAJURA, June 25: We are living in the 21st century and racial discrimination of any kind cannot be imagined of, but not in some remote areas of the country.

KANCHANPUR, June 14: The task for constructing shelters for Dalit Community in Kanchanpur district under People's Housing Program has been started.

SINDHUPALCHOWK, May 5: One Dalit woman representing CPN(Maoist Center) has been elected unopposed as chairperson of Ward-3 in Lisangkhupakhar Rural Municipality.

BAJURA, April 19: The Dalit rights activists have been infuriated at the prospect of being denied an opportunity to run for the top posts in the ward, village council and municipalities during the forthcoming local level elections here.

RAUTAHAT, April 6: Bishwanath Malli of Gaur - 11 has a dream. He wants a beautiful house and a good toilet. However, since he belongs to a Dalit community, who are referred to as ‘Doom’ in the locality, construction workers refuse to build his family’ toilet.

JAJARKOT, March 22: Seven-year-old Laxmi Nepali of Bhagwati Aulagurta VDC of Jajarkot district wakes up early in the morning and rushes toward a nearby school. While most of the children of her age carry books and other educational materials, she is seen holding a sack on one hand and a hammer on the other en route to Nepal National Secondary School.

NUWAKOT, March 8: Developing Nepal as a secular state by eliminating caste discrimination was one of the popular slogans of the decade-long armed Maoist insurgency that made sense to many.

KATHMANDU, Feb 28: One of the key demands of the people’s movement in 2006 was increased representation of women, Dalits and people from marginalized communities in various state structures. The local elections scheduled to be held on May 14 are set to largely address this demand.

UML in favour of Madhesi, Dalit: Oli

February 11, 2017 16:40 pm

KATHMANDU, Feb 11: CPN-UML Chairman KP Sharma Oli has said that people's rights can be safeguarded by keeping country's sovereignty and independence intact.

KATHMANDU, Feb 2: Parliament is set to endorse the Local Level Election Bill that sets out criteria to significantly increase the representation of women, Dalits and marginalized groups in local bodies from the upcoming local elections.

KALIKOT, Jan 27: A woman here has been fined Rs 200 thousand for beating up another woman from the Dalit community.