Nepal must do much more to eradicate caste discrimination and violence, UN rights chief Michelle Bachelet said on Friday in Geneva, reacting to the recent killings of five men and a girl.
The UN high commissioner said she was shocked that a young man and his friends from the lowest-ranked Dalit caste were attacked and chased into a river last week when they tried to escort the man’s higher-caste girlfriend to their wedding.
In a separate incident last week, a 12-year-old Dalit girl was found hanged from a tree after she was reportedly married and raped by someone from a higher caste.
Nepal’s Home Affairs Ministry has established a high-level investigation committee after the killings sparked outrage.
“Caste-based discrimination remains widespread, not only in Nepal but other countries.
“Nepal has taken big strides to address this scourge, but so much more can and must be done to eradicate this blight on society,’’ Bachelet said in a statement from Geneva.
Parliament has ordered the Home Affairs Ministry to investigate these incidents.
Dalits, formerly known as untouchables are at the lowest rank of the Hindu caste system.
Bachelet said that Dalits in Nepal and other countries were still being discriminated at every level of their lives.
Edited By: Halima Sheji/Grace Yussuf (NAN)