HIMALAYAN NEWS SERVICE
KATHMANDU: A field study carried out by a Dalit organisation claimed that caste-based discrimination was behind the December 10 murder of Manbir Sunar of Kalikot.
At a programme in the Capital today, NGOs, including Dalit NGO Federation (DNF), National Dalit Society Welfare Association and Nepal and Dalit Service Association, among others, jointly made public the report of their field study.
The report states that locals had thrashed Sunar to death when he allegedly entered the kitchen of a hotel operated by a so-called upper-caste person to light a cigarette.
The report says, hotel owner Jasa Bahadur Shahi pushed Sunar out of the kitchen saying he had desecrated it. Later, Min Bahadur Shahi and Deep Bahadur Shahi, who were mending the hotel roof thrashed Sunar in the hotel yard, said the report.
Dalit organisations also charged the Shahi duo had thrashed Sunar to death at his home.
Rubbishing the report prepared by Informal Sector Service Centre (INSEC) and the Local Peace Committee (LPC), DNF Chairman Gajadahar Sunar said INSEC and LPC reports were grossly false.
He further demanded compensation for Sunar’s family and stern action against the perpetrators.
INSEC and LPC reports had ruled out caste-based discrimination as the cause behind Sunar’s murder. The reports said Sunar died in a drunken brawl.
The government had provided Rs 10 lakh to Sunar’s kin.