Inter-Caste Marriage is still considered as a stigma in Nepali society. Each year thousands of couples face social boycott, family restrain, financial crisis, exploitation from the police and administration and non-cooperation from the state agencies.

Problems range from denial of marriage registration at the authorities, police harassment, social boycott, forced displacement, forcible separation from the civil union of marriage and physical and mental torture.

Inter-Caste seeks to raise awareness in national, regional and global level against the social malpractice against civil union between adults who have the right to self determination.

The right of self-determination

The right of self-determination of peoples is a fundamental principle in international law. It is embodied in the Charter of the United Nations and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights. Common Article 1, paragraph 1 of these Covenants provides that:

“All peoples have the rights of self-determination. By virtue of that right they freely determine their political status and freely pursue their economic, social and cultural development.”

The right of self-determination has also been recognized in other international and regional human rights instruments such as Part VII of the Helsinki Final Act 1975 and Article 20 of the African Charter of Human and Peoples’ Rights as well as the Declaration on the Granting of Independence to Colonial Territories and Peoples. It has been endorsed by the International Court of Justice. Furthermore, the scope and content of the right of self- determination has been elaborated upon by the United Nations Human Rights Committee and Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination as well as international jurists and human rights experts.