Wednesday, November 30, 2011

[ZESTCaste] Nepal: Secretaries to enforce act against caste discrimination

Secretaries to enforce act against caste discrimination

Added At: 2011-11-30 9:14 AM

Last Updated At: 2011-11-30 9:14 AM

PANITYANKI: VDC secretaries have agreed to actively engage their
efforts to enforce the Caste-based Discrimination and Untouchability
(Offense and Punishment) Act, 2011, recently introduced by the
government at the grassroots level.

At an interaction with VDC secretaries of Morang district, organized
here on Tuesday by District Development Committee (DDC), Morang and
RIDEF-Nepal – an organization crusading for Dalit rights – to make
string enforcement of the Act, they pledged to ensure the enforcement
of the Act in practice.

On the occasion, Minister of State for Youth and Sports, Gopi Achhami
stressed the need of putting coordinated efforts from Dalit and
non-Dalit and government and non-government organizations to eliminate
caste-based discrimination.

The role of VDC secretaries will be substantial to alleviate
caste-based discrimination and untouchability at grassroots level so
that the Act will come into effect in practice with the active
engagement of the secretaries, he further said.

He also underlined the need to undertake regular monitoring to know
whether the Act has been effectively enforced or not.

Chief District Officer (CDO) of Morang, Taranath Gautam said the caste
discrimination does not only harm society but also bring negative
mental effect so that it should be uprooted from society.

The Act has specified the arrangement that anyone who is oppressed due
to caste-based discrimination could lodge complaint at Dalit
Commission, local body, police and district administration office.

Some 64 VDC secretaries of Morang district, journalists, Dalit rights
activists participated in the workshop.


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