Incident Reports

Man arrested on charge of caste-based discrimination


Madhes, Siraha, Lahan, Ward 5

Pawan Mahato, 35, of Dhangadhi Municipality-3 has been arrested by Lahan Area Police Office on October 12 on the charge of discriminating a woman on the basis of caste. Pramila Mallik, 55, of Dhangadhi VDC-3 filed a complaint against Mahato on September 30 accusing him of assaulting her for touching a well and denying her access to water. The Dalits are residing in that place since the 1950s and since then, they are not allowed to take water on their own but have to request the non-Dalits to fill their water pots. However, from August 5, they began fetching water from the well after intervention by the government authority. Mallik said that the accused were unhappy after they could get water from the well on their own. Lahan Area Police Office DSP Uma Prasad Chaturvedi said that the police had arrested the accused and the court had granted an extension of his detention period for investigation. A team of human rights defenders including INSEC, NHRC and journalists had gone to the area on September 29 to monitor the situation.

Durga Pariyar

Details and Impacts
Violent / Non-violent Nonviolent
Primary Form Banishment/shunning
Weapons None
Primary Cause Related to discrimination against Dalits
Actor 1 - Number of people 1
Actor 1 - Affiliations Citizen/Individuals
Actor 1 - Youth noyouth
Actor 2 - Number of people 1
Actor 2 - Affiliation (Target) Citizen/Individuals
Actor 2 - Youth noyouth