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NEPAL: Police torture Dalit woman
ANJAN KUMAR SAMAL | 20 May 2016

Police officers attached with Area Police Office Chapiya of Rupandehi District kept 37-year-old Kisalawati Harijan, a Dalit resident of Manpakadi VDC under illegal detention on 3 May 2016, and tortured her for an hour. The police tortured her with intent to settle a dispute between neighbors.

On 29-30 April 2016, Shiva Shankar Harijan, husband of Kisalawati Harijan, pawned a 4 kattha parcel of land to Rajaram Yadav for Nepal Rupees 25,000, and went to Naugadh in India with the money. He came back to Nepal after 2-3 days, and has been staying at this relatives' place in Gonaha VDC. He met Shanti Baniya at Bethari Market, on 1 May 2016. Shanti is his neighbor, who lives 200 feet away from his house. Shiva Shankar handed over Rupees 2,000 to Shanti, and asked her to give it to his wife once she returns home from the market.

The same evening, Shanti Baniya went to meet Kisalawati and informed her that she met her husband at the market where he gave her Rupees 2000 to hand over to her. However, Shanti mentioned that she spent Rupees 1000 for her own expenses, and tried to hand over Rupees 1,000 to Kisalawati, promising to return Rupees 1,000 later.

Kisalawati became angry, as her husband had pawned their land without her consent, and left the house taking all the money. She rejected the offer of Rupees 1,000, and told Shanti to return the money to her husband instead. After that Shanti left taking the money with her.

Next day, at around noon, Kisalawati sent her 12-year-old son Sunil Harijan to fetch the money. When Sunil met Shanti, she informed the child that his father had taken Rupees 1,000 from her a year ago, and had also bought items and drank alcohol amounting to another NRs. 1000. She refused to give the money, telling the boy that all is even now. She told Sunil to tell this to his mother.