Justice for Angira Pasi

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On Friday, May 22nd 2020 Angira Pasi, a 13-year-old Dalit girl from Ruapndehi district, Devdaha, Nepal went missing from her home. Later she was found with her rapist 25-year-old Birendra Bhar.

The next morning. Saturday, May 23rd. A meeting was held among the community leaders which included Ward Chairman- Amar Bahadur Chaudhary.It was decided that in order to punish Birendra he would take his victim to be his wife. Once Angira made her way to Birendra's house she was attacked by his family members because she was a Dalit. Later that day her body was found hanging from a local tree on the banks of the Rohini river.

Initially, the police deemed it a suicide regardless of the large amount of evidence to support the contrary. Only on Tuesday, 4 days after the incident did they file a complaint.

As of the 29th Butwal Police Station launched an investigation; Birendra Bhar, Ahali Bhar(mother of Birendra) and Sitali Bhar(aunt) have been arrested according to reports.

Angira's case is extremely similar to that of 14-year-old Pramila Tharu of Sangharshanagar, Bardiya. Her case was deemed a suicide just as this one might be if we don't ensure proper investigation and prosecution of the accused.

According to the NHRC, this case is against the rights of children, rights against caste-based discrimination and right to a dignified life as guaranteed by articles 39, 24, 18 and 16 of the Constitution, Act Relating to Child-2018, Caste-based Discrimination and Untouchability (Offences and Punishment) Act-2018, Convention of the Rights of the Child-1989, Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Racial Discrimination-1965 and Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination against Women-1979, to which Nepal is a signatory.

Sign the petition to pressure the decision-makers into delivering justice, we need to hold the community leaders accountable and set a precedent for future cases of caste-based exploitation.

sources:https://www.thequint.com/voices/opinion/nepal-govt-police-apathy-crimes-against-dalits-caste-discrimination-violence-covid-crisis

https://thehimalayantimes.com/nepal/nhrc-concerned-about-death-of-rape-victim/

https://www.recordnepal.com/perspective/opinions/supposed-suicides-point-towards-police-incompetence/

https://nayapatrikadaily.com/news-details/44103/2020-05-27?fbclid=IwAR0uFSMDUNaQf4MPFJ_3ZJIh8Pm6-ISuS6nSeIh4rt1PItpYXaR1U3d2f8g