News Digest: Human Rights, Gender and Social Inclusion (October 21 – 27, 2021)

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Human Rights

Samata Foundation, a non-governmental organisation advocating for the rights of marginalised communities, organised a two- days national confrence of Dalit, which began on Sunday, to discuss the role of people’s representatives to ensure Dalit rights. Dalit representatives complained that, the community is still facing harrashment and constant discrimination, even at work place, including the bodies of the state organs and government mechanisms.

Home Minister, Bal Krishna Khand, inaugurated a two-day national conference of Dalit people’s representatives in Kathmandu on 24 October. During the conference, Minister Khand informed that the task force has been formed to investigate all previous incidents of custodial death. Based on the findings, the government will play a role in ensuring that no one loses his/her life in police custody going forward.

As per Nepals legal commitment to protect the rights of Dalits, Ministy of Home Affair has issued a circular to all district administration offices, district police offices and all police units  to set up and operate Dalit-targeted help desks in all Nepal Police offices.

Gender

An investigation committee formed by the government to investigate the disappearance of Nirmala Kurmi of Banke Paraspur and the death of Nankunni Dhobi of Nawaji village has started taking statements from security officials and people involved in the incident. Considering the seriousness of the case,  the investigation committee may recommend to the CIB to investigate. 

A Canadian national was arrested by Kaski Police in the case of child sexual exploitation after being found in his room with three young boys while performing sexual activities with them.

 44 years old man accused of Human Trafficking was arrested from Baglung. He reportedly trafficked a 26 years old woman to Bangkok by promising the woman of a well-paid job in Belgium. 

Two people involved in human trafficking and illegal transportation arrested from Kaski. They were accused of tempting and forcing women for sexual exploitation at a hotel in Pokhara.

A 22 years old man arrested on the accusations or raping a five years old girl in Solukhumbu. The treatment of survivors is undergoing while the case is still under investigation.

Social Inclusion

In the national conference of Dalit, held on 24 October, the representatives stated that, there is huge under-representation of Dalits in all bodies of the state organs and government mechanisms. In the 275-strong House of Representatives only 19 members are from the Dalit community while seven among 59 members of the National Assembly are from the community. Dalits have only seven percent representation in provincial assemblies. Similarly, out of 293 mayoral positions across the country, only six are held by Dalits. Only one among 460 rural municipalities is led by Dalit and the number of Dalit vice-chairpersons is just 16.Hardly 197 among 6,743 ward chairs are Dalits.

CPN-UML has selected a ward committee with only women in Halesi-Tuvachung Municipality-3 of Khotang. A 31-member ward committee has been formed under the chairmanship of Tarmila Rai from the first ward convention.

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