The love between a high-caste young woman and an untouchable or Dalit young man , located at the lowest echelon of the Hindu caste system, was the trigger for the premeditated murder of six people in Nepal, including the Dalit, according to a report by the authorities. regional presented this Sunday.

The investigation team made up of five members of the Karnali Provincial Assembly, a region in western Nepal where the incident occurred on May 23, concluded that the love story between the Dalit and the young woman of high caste led to the killing.

"The root of the violent incident is the refusal of the family of the young woman, who belongs to a higher caste, to accept a Dalit as a boyfriend (of her daughter)," said the deputy of the Provincial Assembly Sita Nepali, who was part from the team that wrote the report after investigating what happened in the remote Rukum district.

"The incident is clearly motivated by discrimination based on caste," insisted Nepali, who also stressed that "a crime of this magnitude" had to be "premeditated."


It all started a year ago, when 21-year-old Navaraj BK from the neighboring Jajarkot district met Sushma Malla, 17, during a sporting event in Rukum, and they fell in love. The relationship continued and in April they announced that they would marry, but the parents of the bride, of higher caste, rejected the young man for being Dalit.

However, far from giving up, on May 23, the young man decided to head for his girlfriend's house accompanied by about twenty family and friends, but everything went wrong when around 70 of the young woman's neighbors intercepted them on the way.


"The villagers chased the group, threw stones at them and physically beat them with logs, long before they reached the Bheri River," which divides the Jajarkot and Rukum districts, where they dumped the lifeless bodies of the six victims, Nepali said.

The deceased had suffered deep wounds and cuts to the head, body and hands, which is further proof that the incident was premeditated, said the deputy.

"There is strong evidence that the men were beaten to death and left to die long before they reached the river. They were thrown into the river after death. This is intolerable mass murder ," Nepali concluded.

The Provincial Assembly team has requested an impartial investigation of the case from the central government, which sent a team of five members to the area to shed more light on what happened. The nature of this crime sparked strong condemnation this week from UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet, who stressed that "ending caste-based discrimination is central to the sustainable development vision of not leaving nobody behind. "

"It is distressing that caste-based prejudice continues to be deeply rooted in our world in the 21st century. I am very sad for these two young men who had high hopes of building a life together despite the obstacles presented by the chance of birth," he said. Bachelet.

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