UN’s human rights Chief Bachelet condemns Rukum murder case

31 May 2020, Kathmandu

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet has expressed shock Friday at the killing of five men by opponents of an inter-caste relationship in Nepal last weekend.

“It is distressing that caste-based prejudices remain deeply entrenched in our world in the 21st century, and I am filled with sadness for these two young people who held high hopes of building a life together despite the obstacles presented by their accident of birth,” Bachelet said.

On 23 May, a 21-year-old Dalit man Nawaraj BK and a group of his friends from Jajarkot district traveled to Western Rukum district in Karnali province, the home of Nawaraj’s girlfriend who belonged to a so-called “dominant” caste group.

They intended to escort the young woman back to their home district, allegedly at her request, but were attacked and chased into a river. Five men were later found dead.

Likewise, she has condemned the killing of a 12-year-old Dalit girl in Devdaha village of Rupandehi district who is said to have been forcibly married to her alleged rapist from a dominant caste.

Bachelet has called for an independent investigation into the attacks. She stressed that the victims and their families have the right to justice, truth and reparations.

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