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NEPAL: Dalit customer beaten mercilessly by shopkeeper
Name Of Victim: Karna Bahadur Sarki
Names of alleged perpetrators: Shova Karki and her son Krishna Karki, of Gulmi District
Date of incident: 0000-00-00
Place of incident: Gulmi
I am writing to voice my deep concern as I came to know that Karna Bahadur Sarki, 42, was mercilessly beaten after he dillydallied in washing utensils after drinking alcohol at a local shop cum eatery, and reportedly urinated in a drunken state.
Karna Bahadur went to a local shop in Halogade Bazaar of ward number 4, Musikot Municipality, Gulmi District to buy rice. He planned to drink one glass of locally brewed alcohol before buying the rice, but ended up drinking three glasses.
As Dalits are required to wash their dishes after eating at local eateries, despite paying for their food and drink, shopkeeper Shova Karki told Karna to wash his glass before leaving the shop. As he was inebriated, Karna lazily went to wash the glass. He then slipped and hit the drum used to keep water for washing dishes, resulting in water pouring down on his body.
Then the shopkeeper claimed that he urinated on the floor. She and her son, Krishna Karki, scolded and hit him mercilessly, and forced him to leave the shop.
Karna Bahadur’s wife took him to a neighbor, Om Bahadur Singh’s house, fearing further thrashing. However, Krishna Karki even came there, and hit Karna Bahadur with a stick, black and blue, until he fell unconscious. Karna Bahadur’s wife pleaded with Krishna to stop the beating, but in vain. She also offered to clean the place where her husband reportedly urinated.
Karna was beaten so severely that he suffered a broken rib and his eyes were bleeding and swollen. Even as he was being taken to the hospital on a stretcher, local non-Dalits harassed him. When local Dalit advocates tried to intervene, they were threatened with serious consequences.
I demand a prompt and proper investigation into this case. The victim and his family must be provided safety and security. The perpetrators must be punished as per Caste based discrimination and Untouchability (Crime and Punishment) Act 2011. The guilty must be punished so that others are deterred from practicing caste based discrimination and untouchability in the country.
I look forward to your prompt action in this matter.
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1. Mr. Sher Bahadur Deuba
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