By Kanti Parmar*
While the discrimination of Dalits in Nepal is a well-known fact, it particularly became a topic of discussion in media more recently after the devastating earthquake shook Nepal in April 25, 2015. Soon after the earthquake, complaints began piling up, suggesting that Dalits communities, traditionally excluded and subjected to several forms of inhuman treatments due to caste-based stigma, suffered from extreme forms of the socio‐economic vulnerabilities in the distribution of relief and rehabilitation, carried out the government.
More recently, a study, titled “Waiting for Justice”, was released jointly by the Dalit Civil Society: Massive Earthquake Victim Support and Coordination Committee, Asian Dalit Rights Forum, National Dalit Watch, and the National Campaign on Dalit Human Rights, India. It said that, during 65 focus group discussions, held with the affected communities, more than 70 per cent of the respondents unanimously shared the view that, although the destruction of mud houses was massive, there was a willful negligence in providing evacuation services to severely-damaged houses of Dalits. (more…)