Friday, January 20, 2012

[ZESTCaste] Nepal: Dalit communities demand geographical federalism

Dalit communities demand geographical federalism

KATHMANDU, Jan 18: Different 13 organizations including Dalit Women
Association, Nepal National Dalit Welfare Association, Dalit Service
Association, Dalit NGO Federation and Jagaran Media Center working for
the rights of Dalits have demanded geographical federalism for Dalit
communities in the new constitution.

Organizing a press meet collectively on Wednesday, they demanded it
for empowering dalits with rights, which has 20 per cent out of the
total population.

During the press meet, they demanded to make Khaptad Dalit State by
incorporating different districts of the far-west region including

Bajhang, Achham, Bajura, Mugu and Kalikot, to make Sarbajit Dalit
State by incorporating Myagdi, Baglung and Parbat district and Sahales
Dalit State by incorporating Siraha, Dhanusha and Saptari districts of

Chairman of the Dalit NGO Federation, Gajadhar Sunar said that it is
the need of the hour to make constitutional guarantee of identity,
representation and access of Dalit communities in the state
restructuring which is being made on the basis of federalism.

It is said that a memorandum including the demands was also submitted
to the State Restructuring Commission.

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