Monday, June 6, 2011

[ZESTCaste] Nepal: PM calls for doing away untouchability for good

PM calls for doing away untouchability for good

Added At: 2011-06-04 11:56 AM

Last Updated At: 2011-06-04 12:06 PM


KATHMANDU: Prime Minister Jhala Nath Khanal hailed the cabinet
decision on June 1 to celebrate the 'Untouchability Eradication Day'
as a national day and appealed to all Nepalis to join their hands in
abolishing untouchability from the country.

Issuing a press statement, PM Khanal described the decision as a major
political step towards the eradication of the social evil and
expressed his hope that the age-old ill-practice would soon be

Though the government through the introduction of the Caste
Discrimination and Untouchability (Crime and Punishment) Act 2068 has
forbidden the practice, the Dalit communities have still been facing
social discrimination due to poor ratification of the law.

PM Khanal also stressed on the need for launching broader social and
political campaigns to make people aware the social issue and further
asked the Dalit communities to cooperate in completing the remaining
tasks of peace and constitution and secure their rights in the new


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