Five resounding slaps on November 10, and it’s still been a talking point across the nation. Minister of State for Agriculture and Cooperatives Karima Begam, in a fit of rage, let her hands do the talking on hapless Chief District Officer, Parsa, Durga Prasad Bhandari.
His crime? He had sent a ‘malfunctioning vehicle sans escort’ to receive the minister at Simra airport.
Before one could utter “woman emancipation”, civil servants, across the length and breadth of the country, were creating a ruckus about the outrageous assault on one of their own. Pens were hastily put down and voices raised as the civil servants did what any self-respecting person would do when injustice has been meted out — resort to protest.
The storm in a tea cup would in all probability have ended with a timely apology from the aggressor. However the lady in question proved to be made of sterner stuff. Not only did she vehemently refuse to apologise but made the nation gasp by accusing her victim of trying to outrage a woman’s modesty.
With the country’s highest politicians, including Prime Minister Madhav Kumar Nepal himself being dragged into the controversy, it was only a matter of time that the feisty lady would be forced to swallow her pride and own up to her misconduct. That she finally did in a Cabinet meeting on Wednesday, November 18, ten eventful days after the infamous incident occurred.
HOW IT HAPPENED
NOV 10, 2009: Karima Begum slaps Durga Prasad Bhandari five times for sending an old vehicle without any escort.
NOV 11: Government workers call nationwide protests.
Civil servants submit memo to Minister for Home Affairs Bhim Rawal.
Singha Durbar civil servants organise hour-long sit-in protest.
Civil servants in all government offices go on strike.
NOV 12: State Minister for Physical Planning and Construction Sanjay Kumar Shah backs Karima Begam's action on CDO.
Parsa DPO issues arrest warrant against Minister Begam.
NOV 15: Indefinite bandh called off for five days.
NOV 16: Karima Begam threatens to file a case against Parsa CDO in press conference.
NOV 18: PM meets Begam who acknowledges mistake.
INFAMOUS SLAPS IN SUB-CONTINENT
July 21, 1993: National Assembly meeting parliamentarian Golchhe Sarki slapped Local Development Minister Ram Chandra Poudel five times in the face and quietly walked out.
Sept 2005: Federal Law Minister of Pakistan Wasi Zafar slapped a waiter across the face several times for delaying his order, in the presence of other ministers in the Marriott Hotel in Islamabad.
Nov 4, 2008: Indian union minister Akhilesh Prasad Singh allegedly slapped the station manager of Kingfisher Airlines at Patna airport on Tuesday after he was not allowed to board the Patna-Kolkata flight due to his delayed arrival.
July 1, 2009: Member of Parliament M Jagannath allegedly slapped a bank manager in Mahabubnagar district in India when the manager, tried to put his hand around his shoulder.
Nov 9, 2009: MNS MLAs on Monday slapped Samajwadi Party legislator Abu Azmi inside the state assembly for taking oath in Hindi and not in Marathi.
Pratibha Basnet from London
CANE HER IN PUBLIC
As per news reports the CDO could only do so much - provide her with transportation in whatever was available. The minister should be made to realize that as per the Muslim code of conduct, only a fallen woman would touch a man who is not her immediate relative. As the interim Constitution promotes equality among religions, perhaps we should practice what other Muslim states do - public caning for women who dare to touch other men!
Nanda from usa lansing
DON'T EAT TOO MUCH FOR FREE
The way Begam acted with the CDO of parsa is really misconduct on the part of a minister of Nepal. I don't think that she has grown up in a good society, She doesn't know the value of the post. I don't think that she have ever ridden in a new car in her life time. I wish her not to eat too much when u get things free of cost.
Ajay from kathmandu
CORRUPT CDO TO BLAME
What she did was wrong but what the CDO has been doing is just as wrong.I hear from my friends that CDO is very corrupt and is responsible for bad law and order in that district
obamao from washinton
One could easily see how the Madhesi conflict would rather be forgotten both herself and Matrika sir being good slappers. One could see how they have no way out. Or somebody else not giving in? When all are stubborn in their fight it is better to apologise but she is a human being if she had not slapped somebody she would not be in the news at all. I never heard of Sharma Oli until today. All is Karen Landgren the minister of agriculture and so on forms part of a team that is not much beloved but she is a Minister. What strikes me is that all females are belittled eternally in Naya Nepal. Hisila, Sujata. When the men send an army to kill women and children they are respected as president but when a woman kicks once she has to go into the slammer? Because there is something about their mothers the men fear? Next thing she tells you to take off your shoes and do your homework? I love Nepali newspapers.
nepalijanta from Pyuthan
SIDETRACKING THE ISSUE
Angutha chaap lai minister banaye yehi ta huncha. Na bau le diplomacy dekhyo na baje le. Ahile female safety ko kura garera issue side track garna khoj cha.
Shivu from UK
NEPAL PM POWERLESS
This shows the absence of Law and Order in the country. Why haven't the minister Begam sacked for this? This shows that the PM of Nepal does not hold and power and also the court. It is our fate that we must show respect to these kinds of ministers who are not civilized.
mukesh from ktm
She must be punished if not then it will be a great problem for the people of Parsa district
Raj from KTM
Can't let her go like this. Arrest her. Arrest her. Arrest her. Bhim Rawal, what are you scared of? This woman is terrorising, she can get away after beating the security in-charge? This sheer lawlessness has to go. She has to be out of politics or any position after the arrest. Where's the court? This letting go of criminals is the reason people take justice in their hands.
ayush from kathmandu
It's ridiculous to know that Agriculture minister Karima Begam had made such a worst job..After all CDO is the one who is reputed in his district and Karima is the one who has just been in the seat and if she loses the seat then she counts no one... So I think she should feel guilty for her deeds and need to say sorry to him...after all it's all about the government workers. So I request all to protest against her...
pravin Prasad from birgunj
ACTING LIKE A BULL
Holding a responsible post of a state minister and acting like a bull is not at all acceptable in democracy. Begam should realise her mistake and the party members should not make it an issue of discrimination-just to keep their member clean. politicians- please be responsible for what u do n what u say.
Md Nouman from Siraha, (Bangalore, India)
Whatever she has done it is not good. As per my knowledge she is a GUNDA kind of person....
sunil singh from Qatar
What's all the hue and cry about?? The slapping occured because of the old car?? An act to be condemned, more so, when it is done by the people's representative in the parliament,So,what was the purpose of the minister's visit? To drive in a new car?? So it seems, so it seems!! A really pathetic state of mentality for leaders to possess.
Anil from Australia
MADHESI MINISTER DISCRIMINATED
It is all about Bahun habits. Time to time these Bahun want to prove they have all the power. It is about discrimination of Madhesi Minister. Can anyone tell me, such thing happened to a Minister of Pahadi origin. And also look at the origin of people making comments against Minister Begam.
geetanjali Nepal from nepal
Shame on you Karima Begam and Sanjay Kumar Shah. The hypocrites like you has shamed the whole politicians. You guys are not fit to be called humans. You guys are not event fit to be beetles of sanitation. Beetles of sanitation also feel shame on you. Go to Hell.
sushil chaugai from USA
A LESSON FOR ALL
Indeed this is a condemnable act from a public representative but we must also see the past behavior of both the public servants. In most of the cases, bureaucrats (except a few) are so rude and such hypocrites that they need to be taught a lesson to respect all common people with proper dignity and honour. Since the Terai based ministers all belong to the common man, they have the memory of past behaviours of CDOs and SPs and this incident might be the outcome of the frustration of the past experiences of Mrs Begum. However this act is a matter of the shame of all of us and we must learn a lesson to treat everybody with due respect and dignity. A couple days before, the insult of customs officers reminded me that Terai people are no longer tame and cowed like in the past. We must change our behavior to deal with this.
Nirmal from Morang
MAOISTS TO BLAME
The CDO might have used poor judgement in sending an old car for Ms. Begam. But it is not a civilised way to react on her part. Slapping another person is uncivilised behaviour. That person in my opinion does not even deserve to be in that position. At the same time a Minister Shaha to justify such an act is a fool's argument not a Minister's. Finally I like to note that this is the culture we learned from Maoist. If someone goes against your will slap him/ her.
mino from US
She was high class and acted low class. Should the govt take some action against her? She should be remove from her career. This is no excuse and/or by mistake to slap someone in front of people outside/on the street. Look at her face, it is not friendly and she's choppy. Maybe she harassed for bribes.
Amresh Jaijee from New York
IMAGINE PLIGHT OF HER DOMESTIC HELP
Sanjay Kumar Shah is an idiot! In a country where the masses are starving, he has some nerve to say, her actions were an act of compulsion. If she had been slapped, - then her actions would be considered an act of compulsion. What arrogance? A new car? Why am I surprised? This is Nepal, where the rich have always treated civil employees like their own personal slaves. Karima Begam should be punished and put in jail and fined. She definitely needs to be out of politics. If this is how she treats a civil employee, imagine the condition of her domestic help. Had she been in any country in the west, she would be in prison now, for assault.
Anurag Khatri from Karnali
LAAJ LAGNU PARNE
I strongly object to the State Mininster Sanjay Kumar Shah for backing Begam's evil deeds. Minister Sanjay lai ta laaj po lagnu parne ho ki Begamko yesto laaj mardo nich kamlai pani samarthan garnu. He should understand that they are made ministers not only to digest the state budgets as parliamentarians but to do something for the nation bringing appropriate rules.
Anil from Birgunj
Well done, Minister. These Bahuns came to Tarai to misuse power....
RamBaran Yadav from sheetal niwas
MADHESI OR NEPALI?
Why is this lady bringing in communal sentiments into this? I think she is using this as a political tool. And by the way, if we disrespected Madhesi community - she wouldn't have become a Minister in the first place. We respect all Nepalis - if she thinks she is Madhesi more than a Nepali, she should herself relieve herself from her incumbent post. She should know that she is Nepal's Minister, not a Madhesi Minister in that matter.
Ramesh from Australia
SERVES HIM RIGHT
Minister was right. These corrupt officers should get such treatment regularly. They are not going to change their morals in one day.
Anil from Kalaiya
GOT WHAT HE DESERVED
The Minister did a good job. This Bahun is a corrupt person. We made a complaint against him two months ago. But no action was taken. Now, he got what he should have. Thanks to the Minister for that.
Gaurav from Birgunj
LESSON FOR CORRUPT OFFICERS
Most of the civil servants are corrupt. They use government resources for their own benefits. What happened is good, now onwards these corrupt officers will remember this event forever. This Bahun should have been punished like that. He is a corrupt CDO. So many incidents of corruption against him. In Nepal, law and order is not like in developed countries. What happened is good for control of corruption.
sameer from PK
Welcome to mini-Bihar. This guy must have done this to insult her; giving her the old vehicle and no escort. I would have respected this Lady Minister if she had done this to punish him for asking bribery from an old Kishan lady. These days, even the Khardar can defy their Sahib because of their unions and political connections. So I can assume that this CDO guy deserves slapping for his batamiji. But, raising a hand against someone by a high level political figure is no less than a morally reprehensible and even criminal act. Thus, she needs to resign.
Junge from Nepal
MAKE HER PM OF NEW NEPAL
Minister has lost her self-control which is obviously not a new case in Nepal. If such cases were right and for the will of the general public then appoint Matrika as President of Nepal and Begam as Prime Minister of Nepal with Bam Dev Gautam as Deputy PM. Then we will see a New Nepal.
Rajiv from bangalore
FIRE HER IMMEDIATELY
Feel like laughing. General people like us have no choice. Basically only the magnitude of corruptness and unethical behaviour is different. Else we all know that these kinds of ministers and CDOs are well known for such acts. And this CDO in particular is one of the most corrupt ones I know. He has been in the region frequently in Bara, Parsa to my knowledge. I had a one to one interaction with this man and I know how much this man harassed me. I had to file an appeal in Hetauda court against him. And by the way I am an engineer. I just cannot imagine how he behaves with people from villages. And bla bla bla. Anyway in this act my Minister is no doubt inexcusable and she must be fired with immediate effect.
kaushal from Ktm
SACK HER IMMEDIATELY
A Minister who doesn't respect the integrity of government staff and takes physical action simply to satisfy their whims should be sacked immediately ...
Raj from Sweden
IT COULD HAPPEN TO ANYBODY
And she is neither arrested, nor removed from both the party and post? What is this going on with this country? Just imagine what she does to her household servants. Come on throw her out, and jail her for the assault. Civil servants, why only protest in Bara and Parsa. This could happen to anyone, anywhere. It could happen to you and me, not just civil servants but any common people. Someone in charge of administration can't be manipulated this way.
Sanjay Shrestha from Kathmandu, Nepal
TRUE ATTITUDE EXPOSED
Bravo Karina! Do you think you have shown appraisable action by assaulting the government official? Of course not! Actually, this type of activity represents your true attitude and the society you belong to. People now know very clearly what kind of person you are and you do not deserve the position you are occupying now. Allocation and distribution is not the duty of district officer, you should better know that, and would have complained the home ministry about your problem. What will be the future of nation if it continues to have immoral ministers like you?
mizao from ktm
INDIAN TV SERIAL JASTO
WHT THE ****...
WHTS GOIN ON PPL...KOI BAHUN VANYA CHHA KOI MADHESI...J VAYE NI NEPALI HOINA RA???AUTA NEPALI LE ARKO NEPLAI LAI KUNAI KARAN BAS JHAPPU LAGAYO...ABA MAAF MAGNU LAUNE HO KI ...KUNAI ACTION LINE HO KI...TYO TA RELATED MANCHE HARULE DECIDE GARI HALNU PARNE THYO NI...kasto indian tv serial jasto lambako....ooofff..
Dipendra Subedi from UK, Scotland
SLAP HER IN PUBLIC
Slap the dam minister in public and get her out of the post. An uneducated Minister slapping a Degree holder is not just for a simple reason of not sending a good vehicle.
Kushal Pokhrel from Texas, USA
SLAP ON POSITION
One and only one thing that has to be noted is that the slap wasn't on person, that was on the position. If he was corrupt or something, there are other ways to things.
I think the minister should appologize not to the person but to the position.
Please don't bring religion, gender, and regional issues. That hurts in this transitional phase that we are in.
Ramesh from London
WHERE'S THE JUSTICE?
Lady with power gone crazy..
she has gone crazy with her authority. she thinks she can do any thing she wants. thats the most stupid reason for slapping a person.
Nepal gov. has gone all time low with the authority that it wont do anything when a person like CDO is getting slapped by a person sitting on a important post of the country. whre has justic gone to??
Sarthak Sharma from Maharajgunj
APPRECIATE WHAT IS GIVEN
Just because she is a minister,
she is no one to dominate the ones who are working under her. Whatever has been given to her, she shall appreciate it in a country like Nepal.
Amrit Dhakal from Balaju
SLAP THE CORRUPT
What many people stated here that CDOs are corrupt doesnt suffice the need for Karina to just slap Bhandari. And as far as bahuns are concerned, what the is the argument: whether it's Bahun or Madhesi, nobody's supressing anyone, currently, right?. And just because she's a woman, she cant slap a man at a time when the country is crying and screaming for women to be as equal as men. Karina has taken advantage of being a woman.
And if to slap someone because they're corrupt is 'right', why don't we all go and assault all the government officials, here in Kathmandu. Can we do that? It is not upto us and to the minister. It is the state who has to see if everything's going out well in the country
Bhusan Kafle from US Chicago
ALL NEPALESE TO BLAME
It is another example that politicians are beyond law, and lawless state of Nepal. A tragic part for all Nepalese who feel proud to be called People's Democratic Country. It's shame for the government, to keep her in the post and don't take any action. I don't blame anyone for this situation, as Nepalese we are all equally to take our country into the lawless state. There is not a single politician (i don't say them leader) in the history of Nepal who really is devoted for the country and people.
Srijana Rai from lalitpur
The way begam acted in too cheap. it shows that she not a leader but a person who has no self reputation. Her behaviour shows that she has no right to be a minister.Because of her, the level of minister of nepal has gone down.In my view she has to get the punishment of her mistake.
ranju das from birjung
TRUE FAN OF HINDI SERIALS
its just too much
begam wants to show her power of being a leader...a leader of mafia...or may be she is a true fan of hindi serials where we can see such cheap roles. she must be punished otherwise she will continue it again n again
sumitra from Ktm
JO CHOR USKO THULO SOR
karima or karina??
the way begam ji had shown is really shocking.. what she acted is a great mistake and moreover she says that the CDO had touched her hand so she do so we can say " Jo Chor usko thulo Sor" .... she is leader representing all neplease ladies and i think she must show a model role that all neplease ladies could feel proud.... not ashame...
Kaushila from Ghattekulo
sarai dukha lagyo
karima ji ko kam dekhera sarai man dukhyo. kati dukha garera padhera janata ko sewa garna lai CDo ko post ma pugeko tyasto manche lai tyasari insult gareko sunda sachi dukkha lagyo. she must be punished for her did.
jason bourne from Kathmandu
TAKE PUBLIC TRANSPORT
This is what happens when you put an uneducated female with no moral values and respect. The ministers should travel in public vehicle and they'll know the real meaning of transportation. who appointed her as minister ? She has no self respect and her action has shown her personality which is very poor.
Bipin Chauhan from Kathmandu
This shows how literate are our Ministers..! Who are responsible for running our country..Her act definitely raises huge question that were they elected by us or were they selected from footpath ... was there lack of capable person in our country??? Those ministers who are not capable of running a country should be kicked out RIGHT NOW ...and should be replaced by Capable! Only then Development of Nepal is possible.
saroj bista from cyprus
DISGUSTING AND CRUEL
what a joke?
karima begum should realize that she is not a fighter but the minister of state for agriculture and co-operatives working for neplease not for self and should not forget her duty.the vehicle is not bigger than somebody's prestige.but the insult that is done to CDO(DURGA PRASAD BHANDARI)BY SLAPPING IS SO DISGUSTING AND SO CRUEL.KARIMA BEGUM MUST KNOW THAT HUMAN RIGHTS STILL EXISTS IN OUR COUNTRY NEPAL.
Sanjeev Shah from Kathmandu
WHO IS SHE SCARED OF?
Begamji, Begam hi raho to achha hai.The way she threatens that she would close Birgunj if she is penalised - no where she is a nationalist. If not, then what the hell she is doing in the ministry? There are ways to go against and protest for your requirement but not physically unless you are trying to protect yourself from being killed. A car??? escorting??? Why would she need all this at her own consituency????? Who is she scared of? This means quite a lot to me. People like begam are spoiling others and training as the third class gundas on the street. Begam you may not get a second chance to become a minister, this is country's unfortunate moments that a person like you have become a minister!!!! do something to save the country and it's developments not chopping it in to pieces, if you have anywhere in your brain that you could help cut Nepal as India in 1947 then you are wrong. First of all we all are Nepalis not anybody else. Remember this as this will help you grow mentally.
Kanishka from Kathmandu
This just shows the whole world what's going on in Nepal; "MOB GOVERNANCE"! I guess, it is what we all Nepalese wanted in the first place because we are the ones to put these monkeys and jungalis up there in the first place. This issue should not be taken as a regional conflict or ethnic tussle. It is just pure simple misuse of authority on Begum's part. There is absolutely no excuse what so ever for this kind of behavior.
Let me note an incident here. Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh Shiv raj Singh Chauhan was to go for a speech in some remote location. He boarded his helicopter and left for the appoinment but got grounded in some far off location because of malfunction. He ordered his aides to get some vehicle there immediately but since the whole issue was taking time he just boarded a public transport (old cramped up bus) and left. He did not even get a seat on it and just reached his destination standing up.
This just shows how dedicated some politicians can be to what they stand for. There are good lessons to be learnt from neighbors too, only if you open your horizons.
What has happened in Parsa is just a sad and a shameful event in New Nepal's history.
Casting nai jhoor bhayepachhi ta banki cinema pani tha testai nai ta ho ni!.
guyfrmktm from Kathmandu
SHE'S NOT ALONE
We have to sympathize with her and pardon her becaue her upbringing as never taught her the most appropriate ways in which to behave in today's society. Besides, misbehaving and crossing one's lines have become the norm of the society. Karima is not alone in this - we see a microcosm of this in our society all the time. karima got the rough end of the deal only because she is now a public figure.
CHURA MANY CHETRY from india
ALL ABOUT POWER
The temperament shown by the lady
is sufficient to prove that when we have power,we can go to any length to show our displeasure at somebody's self respect.
Amit Shrestha from Australia
The problem that we have in our politics and adminstration is we have morons that donot even know their actions. Teach them before they get a chair.
shekh mohd shahid amani from santhpur-do rauthat
GOVT MUST TAKE ACTION
it is not good way,parsa cdo did not follow the Minister's order,you can attend the code or dismiss the job, but begum is doing unlawful activities,like this condition govt must take action otherwise after some time ministers will take a gun and shoot any govt employees (that means new nepal)
Bijay from Tokyo, Japan
Look at her hand holding micro phone Really big hand? Must have hurt cdo very badly. She should be punished
jhapali bhai from Ktm
The cdo failed to kiss her...
pratik from india
NEW ACT OF NEW NEPAL
it just shows how new nepal gonna b in future with no rules and regulations...just do whatever anyone wanna do...
stalin shrestha from bhaktapur,thimi
ya its intresting. i like it.
Amit gaihre from epal
HAMRA MADHAV NEPALI BAU KATA CHHAN--
KE HERIRAHEKO HAMRA NETA LE ANI HAMI SABAI NEPALI BHAYERA KINA KASAILAI BHAHUN KASAILAI JEYAPU BHANERA AK AAPAS MA ANAUTHO RISH KINA? SARBAPARTHAM HAMI NEPALI DAJU BHAI SUDHRIU ANI BALLA HAMI SABAI MELERA KARBAHI GARNA SAKINCHHA,, SLC MA PHEL BHAYERA BIHAR BATA SLC KO DUBLICATE SERTIFICATE LEYERA NETA BANNA KINA NEPAL CHHIRNU 4 WOTA BACHHA JANMAI SAKEKI BEGAM LE HOUSE WIFE BANERA RAMRI BEGAM BASE HUNCHAA ,,JANTA LAI CHINAUNA KHOJEKO HOLA BEGAM JI LE BUT KEHI KHUILINNA
seema bhandari from butwal,kalikanagar
that was disgusting!!!!!! aba hamri netini bata hamile ni yahi kura sikera sab lai kutnu parne bho j bhayeni desh ka thula bada ko maan ta rakhnai paryo ni ani makuneji khai uhale kasailai nakutne!!!!!!!!!!
uttamkapri from nayabazar 16 kathmandu
hello the thamalayan times where is u r carton site we cant be found u r carton thats why we cant enjoy u r web site
Anjali joshi from new delhi
her behave shows her family background
pushpa joshi from new delhi, india
how rubbish lady..... post paudai ma aapno manyajan lai kutni, kast 'simple living globel thinking' chha....