KATHMANDU, JUNE 30: Tamakoshi Rural Municipality has been criticized for discriminating Dalit community through its annual budget in which the authorities have planned a separate mourning place for them.
The budget of the rural municipality which was unveiled last Friday includes a plan to construct a separate mourning place for the Dalit community at Ward 5.
Rs 200,000 has been allocated for the construction of the separate mourning place meant for Dalits only. Dalit activists have taken exception over the rural municipality authorities for encouraging caste-based discrimination instead of their attempts to end such practices. The issue came to fore after the Ward Chairperson Shambhu Phuyal posted the projects allocated for ward 5 in his social media account. “They [Dalits] are restricted at the mourning places of non-Dalits,” said the ward chair Phuyal. “This project was designed citing their problems.”
Many locals including the candidate of the chairperson of the rural municipality Abhisekh Subedi have vehemently criticized the decision of the rural municipality saying that there is a possibility of separate schools, toilets, hospitals, and ways for Dalits. Dilip Sundas, a Dalit activist, said where the rural municipality authorities wanted to lead the society.