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NEPAL: Dalit family beaten and abducted after inter-caste marriage

2017-09-20

Urgent Appeal

Dear Friends,

The Jagaran Media Center (JMC) has received information that a Dalit family was beaten at midnight on 10 September 2017 by non-Dalits, after the 25-year-old son married a non-Dalit girl. Bal Bahadur married Ms. Ramma Shahi, a non-Dalit girl of Chadung, Dullu Municipality of Dailekh District, on 28 June 2017. The girl’s relatives forcefully took her away on September 9, and then returned on September 10 to beat up Bal’s parents, Bhakta and Amrita Bahadur. They also abducted Bal Bahadur.

CASE DETAILS: 

The Jagaran Media Center (JMC) has received information about Bal Bahadur B.K. (25) who married his non-Dalit girlfriend Ramma Shahi on 28 June 2017. The couple was in hiding fearing for their lives after their inter-caste marriage. Only a few days ago, they came out of hiding and started living at Bal Bahadur’s house at Damar, Barahataal Rural Municipality. A group of four non-Dalits, including Ramma’s brother, Ananda Shahi, forcefully broke into the house, and took away Ramma on September 9. The group came back on September 10 at midnight, and started beating Bal Bahadur and his parents, Bhakta and Amrita. They threw his parents out of the first floor and abducted Bal Bahadur. They dismantled the house and burnt everything.

Bal Bahadur’s sister, Krishna B.K., found her parents lying injured outside the house and her brother missing. Their neighbors called the police. The police took them to the Mid-western Regional Hospital, Kalagaun for treatment. Bhakta Bahadur and Amrita had serious injuries on their heads, chests, and hands. 

Bal Bahadur was able to save his life after he managed to run away during his captivity on September 11. Bal Bahadur made a telephone call to a local villager and informed him of his escape. He is still in hiding, and fears to come home. 

In order to cover up the incident, Ramma’s family members claim that Bal has been married before, which is an utter lie. They also claim that Ramma has been married earlier with a boy in Achham District, and also has a 4-year-old son. 

The JMC requests the relevant authorities to conduct a prompt and proper investigation into this incident of inter-caste marriage. The safety and security of Bal, his family, and Ramma must be ensured, and Bal’s family must receive appropriate medical treatment and compensation. 

SUGGESTED ACTION: 

Please write letters to the following authorities, calling on them to take necessary action against the people involved in this incident. The police need to immediately arrest the alleged perpetrators, and start a prompt and proper investigation into this case.



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SAMPLE LETTER:
Dear __________,

NEPAL: Dalit family beaten and abducted after inter-caste marriage

Name Of Victim: Bhakta Bahadur B.K., Amrita B.K., and Bal Bahadur B.K.

Names of alleged perpetrators: Four persons including Ananda Shahi, brother of girl Ramma Shahi

Date of incident: 0000-00-00

Place of incident: Damar, Barahataal Rural Municipality ward number-8, Surkhet District

I am writing to voice my deep concern as a Dalit family was beaten at midnight on 10 September 2017 by non-Dalits, after the 25-year-old son married a non-Dalit girl. Bal Bahadur B.K. (25) married his non-Dalit girlfriend Ramma Shahi on 28 June 2017. The couple was in hiding fearing for their lives after their inter-caste marriage. Only a few days ago, they came out of hiding and started living at Bal Bahadur’s house at Damar, Barahataal Rural Municipality. A group of four non-Dalits, including Ramma’s brother, Ananda Shahi, forcefully broke into the house, and took away Ramma on September 9. The group came back on September 10 at midnight, and started beating Bal Bahadur and his parents, Bhakta and Amrita. They threw his parents out of the first floor and abducted Bal Bahadur. They dismantled the house and burnt everything.

Bal Bahadur’s sister, Krishna B.K., found her parents lying injured outside the house and her brother missing. Their neighbors called the police. The police took them to the Mid-western Regional Hospital, Kalagaun for treatment. Bhakta Bahadur and Amrita had serious injuries on their heads, chests, and hands.

Bal Bahadur was able to save his life after he managed to run away during his captivity on September 11. Bal Bahadur made a telephone call to a local villager and informed him of his escape. He is still in hiding, and fears to come home.

In order to cover up the incident, Ramma’s family members claim that Bal has been married before, which is an utter lie. They also claim that Ramma has been married earlier with a boy in Achham District, and also has a 4-year-old son.

I request the relevant authorities to conduct a prompt and proper investigation into this incident of inter-caste marriage. The safety and security of Bal, his family, and Ramma must be ensured, and Bal’s family must receive appropriate medical treatment and compensation.

I look forward to your prompt action in this matter.
Yours Sincerely,

Yours Sincerely,
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PLEASE SEND YOUR LETTERS TO:

1. Mr. Sher Bahadur Deuba

Prime Minister

Office of the Prime Minister and Council of Ministers of Nepal

Singh Durbar, Kathmandu

P.O. Box: 23312

NEPAL

Tel: +977 1 4211000

Fax: +977 1 4211086

Email: info@opmcm.gov.np


2. Mr. Janardan Sharma

Home Minister of Nepal

Ministry of Home Affairs

Singh Durbar, Kathmandu

NEPAL

Fax: +977 1 421-1257, 421-1286

Email: gunaso@moha.gov.np


3. Mr. Anupraj Sharma

Chairperson

National Human Rights Commission

Pulchowk, Lalitpur

NEPAL

Fax: +977 1 55 47973

Tel: +977 1 5010015

E-mail: complaints@nhrcnepal.org or nhrc@nhrcnepal.org


4. Mr. Raman Kumar Shrestha

Attorney General

Office of Attorney General

Ramshah Path, Kathmandu

NEPAL

Tel: +977 1 4240210, +977 1 4262548, +977 1 4262394

Fax: +977 1 4262582 / 4218051

Email: info@attorneygeneral.gov.np


5. Mr. Prakash Aryal

Inspector General of Police

Police Head Quarters

Naxal, Kathmandu

NEPAL

Fax: +977 1 4415593

Tel: +977 1 4412432

Email: phqigs@nepalpolice.gov.np


6. Mr. Sitaram Ghale

Member Secretary

National Dalit Commission

Lalitpur, Nepal.

P.O. Box:13785, Kathmandu

Phone:+977-1-5531148

Fax:+977-1-5531148

Email:info@ndc.gov.np


Thank you.