Kokila KC

BHAKTAPUR: December 12, 2009. Suman Thapa, ward in-charge of Chittapol-9 of Young Communist League (YCL) aligned to UCPN-Maoist, beat up a Dalit family here yesterday night.

The YCL leader vented his ire on the family members of Sagar Pariyar after the latter married his aunt Sangita Thapa Chettri.

Saroj Pariyar, vice-president, District Dalit Coordination Committee, Bhaktapur, confirmed the incident and said that Sagar’s father Shree Ram and uncle, Shree Krishna were those thrashed by the YCL leader at around 9:30 pm.

Saroj and Sangita, who had tied the nuptial knots three months ago, had visited District Administration Office on December 15 for their rehabilitation in the village after they were expelled from their houses largely due to their inter-cast marriage. The couple in their twenties had concealed their love affair for the last four years due to prevailing caste-based discrimination.

According to Saroj, they vowed to live together on September 2 at Pachali Bhairav, Kathmandu, despite the family members’ strong objection.

Ever since their marriage, they have been getting death threat from both the families.

Deepak Raj Nepal, Chief District Officer, Bhaktapur, said that authorities would do needful to assure their security to return back home. He asked the couple to get their citizenship cards from their respective ward office and register their marriage.

“Those assaulting them for the inter-caste marriage will face severe punishment as per the law,” he said.