Minorities at the UN: Couples in inter-caste marriages face rampant discrimination in Nepal
Anita Bishanka, project coordinator of the Nepal National Dalit Social Welfare Organisation (NNDSWO), spoke at the fourth session of the UN Forum on Minority Issues recently on the issue of discrimination faced by couples in inter-caste marriages in Nepal.
Bishanka pointed out that Dalit women face multiple discrimination on the basis of caste, gender and poverty. Couples in inter-caste marriages often face discrimination, rendering the right to a marriage of choice of spouse violated. A media study conducted by NNDSWO on the victimisation of couples in inter-caste marriages showed the problem to be increasing, with inter-caste couples being targetted with violence.
Amongst its recommendations, NNDSWO urges the Government of Nepal to initiate programmes for the security of married inter-caste couples and their integration into society. They also urged for the development of special mechanisms for awareness of the issue and for implementation of the new anti-discrimination bill recently passed in Nepal. Read the full statement here or listen to a recording by clicking on the link below.