Saturday, September 3, 2011

[ZESTCaste] Dalit's murder sparks outrage

Dalit's murder sparks outrage

Added At: 2011-09-02 11:22 PM

Last Updated At: 2011-09-02 11:22 PM


KATHMANDU: The National Dalit Commission and various organisations
working for Dalit rights have condemned murder of Sete Damai (50) over
his son's marriage with an 'upper caste' girl on Tuesday.

A press statement issued by NDC today said a mob led by Krishna
Bahadur Khatri — bride's kin — attacked Sete with a khukuri in his
house at Dhanigaun, Toli- 2, at around 9 pm. Sete's 20-year-old son
Sante and Raj Kumari Shahi (20), had tied the knot on August 13.

"A group of 20 persons led by Krishna Bahadur attacked Sete. The
victim died while being treated at Mid-Western Regional Hospital in
Surkhet. We strongly condemn the cold-blooded murder," NDC said.

NDC has demanded that the government form a high-level commission to
investigate the incident, bring all guilty to book, ensure security
for victim's family and provide compensation to them. NDC said it had
also formed a probe team led by Govinda Nepal.

Meanwhile, Dalit NGO Federation and UCPN-Maoist-aligned National Dalit
Liberation Front of Nepal said they were shocked by the murder. "The
incident reflects the horrible situation of Dalit communities in
today's society," said NDLFN.

"It is a mockery of the Caste-based Discrimination and Untouchability
Act (Crime and Punishment) passed by the government in May 2011."

The law prohibits caste-based discrimination in both public and
private spheres. Further, the Act requires perpetrators of caste-based
discrimination to provide compensation.

DNF, an umbrella organisation of 300 Dalit-based NGOs, has called on
the government, rights activists and journalists to help deliver
justice to the victim's family.


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