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Kathmandu, August 8, Dalits rights activities continued their second phase protest in capital on Monday, with the United Political Dalit Struggle Committee, Dalits Lawmaker's Coordination Forum, Dalits Civil Society Organizations and rights activists.
The rally, taken out from Babarmahal headed by Durga Sob Chair of Feminist Dalit Organizatio, were chanting slogan and demanding for the Dalits right. Protesters of the rally claimed that the draft constitution cannot bring political stability and peace.
Dalit protesters have been demanding at least three percent representation at the center, five percent at provincial and ten percent at local level. They have already submitted a 9 points demand before the CA Constitutional Political Dialogue and Consensus Committee, and different political parties against the constitution draft.
Dalit women rights activities lead rally converged in to a corner meeting near the CA building, New Baneshwar, remained peaceful throughout. Participants of the rally condemned the attack of police on Peaceful rally.
Addressing the mass gathering feminist Dalits leader Durga sov urged the government to fulfill their demands of representation and guarantee overall participation in various strata of the state mechanism.
'We need to struggle ourselves to ensure proportional representation of Dalits women with in 33 percent of women representation, and 50 percent within among Dalits representation' said Sov and asked to join hands to amend the draft.
Sov said that Dalit leaders, feminist activities of all parties must unite for their same agenda. 'It is only though collective efforts' she said. She also made it clear that they would take the movement even further head strongly if their demands were not met. Leader Sov has demanded to provide full medical and treatment expenses for wounded protesters.
Similarly, Central Member of Unified Nepal Communist Party (Maoist), Anjana Basunkhe claimed that the draft constitution did not ensure the right of Dalits. She added that basic demand of Dalits must be addressed in the constitution to ensure Dalit's rights.
Representative of Unified Nepal Communist Party (Maoist), Anita Pariyar, said that the protest will be held regularly until the government addresses the demands and ensure Dalits rights in the constitution, Leader of People's Front Manu Bishwaksrma, former lawmaker Padam Lal Bishwaksrma addressed the mass gathering and reiterated their demands to ensure Dalits rights in new constitution and asked the participants not to give up until the government would address their demands.
Dalits leaders, from all 75 districts handed over their 9 points demands to Prime Minister Sushil Koiral through the Chief of District Office. They said that they would not step back from the movement at any cost.
FEDO is a national level Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) founded in 1994 to establish the rights of Dalit women by organizing and empowering them for their mainstreaming into national development. [+ read more]
- Global fund for Women
- International Movement Against All Forms of Discrimination and Racism (IMADR)
- European Union (EU)
- Womankind Worldwide
- WaterAid Nepal
- Open Society Foundation (OSF)
- World Bank/CECI
- Australian Embassy
- DanChurch Aid (DCA)