Incident Reports

Banke youths stage symbolic protest against caste discrimination


Youths staged a symbolic protest with black blindfolds in Banke on June 26 in support of Rupa Sunar, who was denied a room in Kathmandu due to her caste. They protested against Minister Krishna Gopal Shrestha took the accused Saraswati Pradhan home in a government flagged vehicle, accusing the state of protecting caste discrimination. More than 30 independent youths from Kohalpur in support of youths of the non-Dalit community participated in the rally.

Stating that Rupa is a representative character fighting against injustice, journalist Sobhakar Bishwakarma, who participated in the protest, said that they will continue protesting till justice is served.

Details and Impacts
Violent / Non-violent Nonviolent
Onesided / Twosided Onesided
Collective / Interpersonal Interpersonal
Primary Form Demonstration
Primary Cause Issues related to legal action and access to justice
Secondary Cause Related to discrimination against Dalits
Actor 1 - Number of people 30
Actor 1 - Affiliations Citizen/Individuals , Dalit Organizations
Actor 1 - Youth youth
Actor 2 - Number of people n/a
Actor 2 - Affiliation (Target) Government and civil servants at central level
Actor 2 - Youth na
National/Online Media