On August 15, Republica carried a news report about inter-caste marriage and conflict. A neighbor from Charambi village of Arun Rural Municipality had gone to the district headquarters of Bhojpur to file complaint after they were severely beaten up by the family of Sushmita Rai who was married to Nishan Nepali. The Rai family and relatives had indiscriminately beaten up several Dalit families and had taken back the bride home the same day of the wedding.
Sanokaji Maharjan would throw love notes to Rupa Bista (Maharjan) to express his feelings. Now, the couple has been married for 27 years. However, the first three years of their marriage wasn’t easy. Maharjan’s family didn’t approve of the inter-caste marriage, and the groom lacked work skills.