Friday, July 23, 2010

[ZESTCaste] Dalits seek equal rights

Dalits seek equal rights
Added At: 2010-07-23 12:30 AM

Last Updated At: 2010-07-23 12:30 AM
The Himalayan Times - Saved Articles(s)

Himalayan News Service

KATHMANDU: Dalit rights activists today demanded that equal rights be
ensured for Dalits in the new constitution.

Stating that Dalits have been chained by the manacles of social
discrimination for ages, Dalit rights activist Santoshi Biswokarma
demanded equal social, political, economic and cultural rights in the
new statute.

Speaking at a programme, Biswokarma said Dalit women suffer
untouchability, girl trafficking, domestic violence, sexual abuse and
rape and are deprived of education and basic health facilities.
Claiming that government-funded facilities were far from their reach,
she demanded inclusiveness in plans and policies for women.

Vice Chairperson of Constituent Assembly Purna Kumari Subedi pledged
to fight caste discrimination and assured that the constitution would
end the violence Dalit women were facing.

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