Friday, January 20, 2012

[ZESTCaste] Nepal: Dalits seek three states

Dalits seek three states

Added At: 2012-01-18 11:05 PM


KATHMANDU: Dalit NGO Federation (DNF) today demanded the formation of
three states for the Dalit community.

Speaking at a programme in the Capital, the umbrella organisation of
the Dalits in

the country called for the formation of Bhagat Sarbajeet Dalit State comprising

Myagdi, Baglung and Parbat, Sahalesh Dalit Province covering Siraha,
Dhanusha and

Saptari districts in the Tarai, and Khaptad Dalit Dravid Province
consisting of Bhajhang, Kalikot, Achham, Bajura, Mugu and Kalikot
district, pointing that the Dalits

comprise more than 30 per cent of the population in the Khaptad region.

Leaders of the federation said real peace is not possible without
addressing Dalits' issues. They said that sociologists have warned
that the proposed provincial system might give way to a new form of
discrimination against the community that has been facing social

injustice and suppression

for long. DNF said state restructuring will mean nothing for the
Dalits if the government does not provide special

treatment for long-suppressed communities.


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