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Dalits demand immediate action on Rautahat incident

KATHMANDU, June 10: Fifteen non-government organizations working for Dalit rights movement on Monday condemned the issue of Dalits being assaulted by non-Dalits in Pipariya VDC of Rautahat district on Friday. Chairperson of Federation of Dalit Non-government Organization Gajadhar Sunar demanded the government to immediately bring the accused who assaulted Dalits to book. Speaking at a program on behalf of 15 organizations working for the welfare of Dalit community, Sunar stipulated the authority to guarantee security to the victims and medical treatment free of costs. The organizations have also urged the government to ensure relief package and reconstruction of the destroyed settlement. Similarly, a phase-wise struggle program has also been announced to pressure the government. The group is scheduled to submit a separate memorandum to the Chairman of the Interim Election Council, Home Ministry, Nepal Police, among others. Likewise, the organization would organize a corner assembly in Pipariya VDC, where the incident took place and also stage protest in front of all District Administration Offices across the country. A joint team of the government officials and representatives of Dalit organization would jointly visit the site and produce a detailed report in two days, said Chairman of the Nepal Dalit Human Rights Organization Sushil BK. Around a dozen of Dalits in the village were attacked and their houses vandalized by high-caste locals. The locals had attacked the Dalits indiscriminately following a month-old dispute over the use of a local temple at Bhimdabar village in the VDC.