Incident Reports

The incident of ethnic untouchability settled under the leadership of the people's representative in Morang


Province 1, Morang, Budhiganga

The incident of ethnic untouchability under the criminal offence falling under Schedule One has been settled by the police under the leadership of the people's representative. After sheltering the flood-affected neighbours in the Dalit community, the police have initiated legal action against those who incited them to purify their religion by keeping the untouchables at home. Sanumaya Pariyar, a resident of Budhiganga Rural Municipality-3, Gary Tol, Morang, was submerged in the flood last summer. The family of Baikuntha Adhikari of the same place had given shelter to Sanumaya and her family for a few days after seeing that her neighbour's house was submerged. After the floods subsided, Sanumaya returned home thanking the Adhikari family. After finding out about this, 70-year-old Debi Prasad Sigdel, a priest living in Budhiganga Rural Municipality- 1, had accused him of destroying religion by keeping untouchable Dalits at home. Priest Sigdel had also purified the house of the Adhikari by sprinkling cow's urine (urine) saying that there would be no peace in the house of a Dalit. Although the Adhikari family said that they would not accept untouchability, Purohit Sigdel showed the terror of the society and encouraged them to make peace. After the incident came to light, the local Dalit leaders had lodged a complaint at the Area Police Office, Nimuwa, demanding action against the accused of allegedly committing caste-based untouchability against the Dalits even after the constitution and law declared the crime. However, the police had summoned the priest on the condition of not repeating such incidents in the coming days in the presence of local ward chairperson Yubaraj Poudel. The incident is of extreme ethnic untouchability. The complainant and Central Vice President of the Federal Silpi Organization, Gyan Bahadur Pariyar, said that the incident was mediated by the police and the people's representatives on Wednesday. 

Details and Impacts
Violent / Non-violent Violent
Onesided / Twosided Onesided
Collective / Interpersonal Interpersonal
Primary Form Banishment/shunning
Secondary Form Public humiliation
Weapons None
Primary Cause Related to discrimination against Dalits
Actor 1 - Number of people 1
Actor 1 - Affiliations Religious leader
Actor 1 - Youth noyouth
Actor 2 - Number of people 4
Actor 2 - Affiliation (Target) Citizen/Individuals
Actor 2 - Youth na
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