Monday, May 9, 2011

[ZESTCaste] Nepal: Ban untouchability in private place too: Dalits

Ban untouchability in private place too: Dalits

Added At: 2011-05-09 2:02 PM

Last Updated At: 2011-05-09 2:02 PM

KATHMANDU: The alliance of seven Dalit organisations has said that the
new constitution must ban untouchability.

Joint Political Dalit Struggle Committee has called for amendment of
the Interim Constitution. The constitution's Article 14 (Sub-clause 2)
says no person shall, on the ground of caste or tribe, be deprived of
the use of public services, conveniences or utilities, or be denied
access to any public place, or public religious places, or be denied
to perform any religious act.

The Dalit body has demanded that the word 'private place' be also
included in the sentence and made it ………be denied access to any
private place, or public place………. It has also urged to immediately
endorse the Bill formed to establish National Dalit Right Commission
and the Bill regarding crime and punishment of racial discrimination
and untouchability.

Coordinator of Nepal National Dalit Mukti Moracha and Constituent
Assembly member Tilak Pariyar said the Dalit bodies have put forth
five-point demands and said the reservation of Dalits in state
mechanisms should be made 23 percent from the present 10 percent.


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