SURKHET, Nov 20: Dalit families in Taranga VDC-7, Keladi have been forced to leave their village after a misunderstanding with the dominant local Thakuri community turned nasty.
After reportedly receiving life threats from the Thakuri community, the Dalit families in the VDC have reached the district headquarters seeking justice.
According to Padam Bahadur BK of the Dalit community, things turned nasty after one Ganesh Shahi from the Thakuri community warned them against advocating for Dalit causes. “We used to receive regular threats from the Thakuri community for no reason at all. We had to visit the headquarters seeking justice as this time around they threatened to attack us with weapons,” said Padam Bahadur. According to Man Kumari BK, she along with seven of her family members were forced to leave the village after the Thakuri community began attacking them.
“We are not in a position to return to the village. We fear that they will come to attack us here also,” said Man Kumari.
Forty-two villagers from the Dalit community of the VDC have reached Birendranagar on Tuesday. They, however, complained that the Ranighat police have refused to take action despite their frequent complaints against the Thakuri community. The police, however, denied having received any complaint regarding the incident.
According to Inspector Birendra Yadav, the incident is the result of the caste system that is still prevalent in most of the villages of the far west. “We are trying to sort out their problem”, said Yadav.