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Dalit man beaten to death by his neighbors in Chitwan

2021-10-14

Bagmati, Chitawan, Bharatpur, Ward 4

Bhim Bahadur Bishwakarma, a 58-year-old Dalit man from Bharatpur Metropolitan City-4, was beaten to death by his neighbours Sitaram Basnet and Dilip Shrestha. According to neighbours, Bhim was beaten on October 14, the eve of Dashain. Under the influence of alcohol, Bhim began making disparaging remarks about his neighbours Sitaram and Dilip. Sitaram has admitted that they beat Bhim with a plastic pipe because he said offensive words. Shortly after the assault, Bhim fell unconscious. The accused Sitaram then took Bhim to the hospital in an ambulance. Bhim, who fell unconscious, was to be sent to Bharatpur Hospital but was rushed to Chitwan Medical College (CMC). But soon after, the doctor announced Bhim's death. Bhim's step-daughter has alleged that he was not taken to the government hospital as Sitaram has connections in CMC. The post-mortem report shows that Bhim was injured in the back of the head after the beating. After it was confirmed that Bhim had died due to the beating of Dilip and Sitaram, the relatives have lodged a complaint at the District Police Office, Chitwan.

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The Federation of Dalit Non-Governmental Organizations has condemned the incident in which Bhim Bahadur Bishwakarma, 58, of Bharatpur Metropolitan City-4, Chitwan was beaten to death by Sitaram Basnet and Dilip Shrestha on the basis of worshipping at a local Durga temple.

In a statement issued on Thursday, the federation said that the incident was not only the culmination of a series of racial discrimination, oppression, injustice, atrocities and killings against the Dalit community but also a serious violation of Nepal's constitution, prevailing law and national and international human rights law.

Details and Impacts
Violent / Non-violent Violent
Onesided / Twosided Onesided
Collective / Interpersonal Interpersonal
Primary Form Assault (small group)
Weapons Blunt weapon
Primary Cause Related to discrimination against Dalits
Actor 1 - Number of people 2
Actor 1 - Affiliations Citizen/Individuals
Actor 1 - Youth unknown
Actor 2 - Number of people 1
Actor 2 - Affiliation (Target) Dalit
Actor 2 - Youth noyouth
Total Killed 1
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