Incident Reports

Annapurna: Discrimination against Dom children in School


Madhes, Dhanusha, Janakpur

Anita Mallik of Janakpur sub municipality had to give up her attempt to educating her 4 children (2 sons and 2 daughters) due to untouchability practiced against them (Dom community regarded as untouchables) in school. With a dream to educate her children, she sent them to Saraswati Higher Secondary School and other community schools in Janakpur but every time they were treated inhumanly and sent back home by teachers, and guardians of other students. Mallik shared her grief about her children working as a cleaner and rag picker as they were treated inhumanly in school and compelled to drop out. Though the constitution of Nepal has ensured every individual's right to live a dignified life; free of any forms of discrimination, and defined untouchability as a punishable act, Dom community children are deprived of their right to education due to untouchability practiced at school. "The Dom children are not allowed to share bench with so called upper caste children, teachers are reluctant to teach them,and so called upper caste people threaten to take their children out of school if school admit Dom children. Because of all these, it is hard for us to sent our children to school despite of our willingness", said Ram Adhin Sada Dom. According to Binod Mestar, children of Dom, Halkhor, Mestar, Chamar and Dusadh are facing problems in continuing school and being educated due to untouchability practiced against them at school.
Details and Impacts
Violent / Non-violent Nonviolent
Primary Form Banishment/shunning
Primary Cause Issues related to the quality of public services (health, education etc.)and access to these services
Actor 1 - Number of people n/a
Actor 1 - Affiliations Education sector/teachers (private and public) , Citizen/Individuals
Actor 1 - Youth na
Actor 2 - Number of people 4
Actor 2 - Affiliation (Target) Dalit
Actor 2 - Youth na
National/Online Media