Actionaid International Nepal had organized one seminar titled “Towards Right to Life with Dignity: Dalit issues and Challenges in Nepal” on 19th November 2011. As a part of the SASF Extended program, the event was live webcast here.
Although officially abolished in 1963, “untouchability” against Dalit, one of the worst forms of caste-based discrimination continues to be practiced throughout Nepal. Dalits who share 13% (Dalit Activists claims 20%) of total population in Nepal have been economically deprived, socially denied, politically excluded and treated as “untouchable caste group” for centuries.
The Dalit movement in Nepal has developed over the years and this is the demand for South Asian countries:
- Dalit issues should be collectively recognized and addressed in the SAARC.
- Formation of Joint Dalit Forum in SAARC as a state mechanism to respond Dalit issues immediately.
- SAARC should make a policy and principle of compensation to Dalit as they are imposed into historical injustice and structural exclusion by the state and non – state institutions.
- United Nation should pass a special resolution to respond 300 million Dalits of South Asia.
Read more about the issue in this Concept Note.