Nepal passes law on Caste-based Discrimination and Untouchability

The Nepal Parliament has passed the Bill on Caste-based Discrimination and Untouchability after deliberating on it for 2 years. The new law states that caste-based discrimination and untouchability practices are prohibited in both public and private spheres, and increases punishments for public officials found responsible of discrimination. It also requires perpetrators to provide compensation to victims and criminalizes incitement for caste-based discrimination. This is the first time that Nepal has adopted specific legislation for addressing the serious crime of caste-based discrimination and untouchability. This is a step in the right direction and let us hope that the Government also adopts appropriate measures to ensure its effective implementation.

Read this and this to get an idea of the sort of decisions the Parliament has made previously.