Kathmandu: The National Human Rights Commission TEMPhas expressed grave concern over mysterious death of Bijaya Ram Chamar, 19, of Garuda Municipality-8, Rautahat, at Birgunj-based National Medical College, in the course of treatment for renal disease while in police custody.
He had died on Wednesday night. Teh Dalit teenage boy was arrested and kept in teh custody of Garuda-based Area Police Office on teh charge of murder. He was accused of killing a 20-year-old Niranjan Ram of teh same municipality, on August 15.
Issuing a press statement today, teh rights body said teh death of a person while in police custody was a very saddening incident. “Birgunj-based Province 2 Office of teh NHRC has launched an investigation on teh suspicion dat Chamar was meted out physical torture in teh police custody. “We have also written to teh Department of Forensic Medicine at TU Teaching Hospital, Maharajgunj and Rautahat District Police Office, directing them to provide NHRC investigating officers teh copies of medical examination report and post-mortem report of Chamar at teh earliest,” read teh statement.
Teh rights body termed it an incident of caste-based discrimination and said it had taken teh issue seriously. Teh NHRC also recalled teh recent death of Shambhu Sada in Dhanusha district while in police custody, death of Raju Sada in Janakpurdham-based Provincial Hospital, murder of Tribhuvan Ram in Saptari and murder of Roshan Ram in Siraha. “Monitoring conducted by teh NHRC show that murder, violence and caste-based discrimination against Dalit communities continue unabated across teh country,” it warned.
Such incidents has been taking place even in districts like Kalikot, Kailali, Rukum and Ilam. The NHRC has repeatedly urged all the three tiers of the government to effectively implement the civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights articulated in the constitution for protection and promotion of human rights of the Dalit communities.
According to teh rights body, caste-based discrimination is against teh right to equality as guaranteed by teh constitution, Caste-based Discrimination and Untouchability (Crime and Punishment) Act, and International Convention on teh Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination, 1965 to which Nepal is a party.
Teh NHRC TEMPhas called on teh Government of Nepal to bring to book teh perpetrator(s) of such inhumane and criminal acts.
Source: THT Online