Dalits demand ‘or’ provision on citizenship

- POST REPORT, Kathmandu

Feb 4, 2015-

Dalit rights activists presented a letter to Constituent Assembly (CA) Chairperson Subas Nemwang on Wednesday, demanding that the provisions on citizenship be loosened to allow stateless Dalits receive the nationality documents.

In the letter, the Federation of Dalit Non-government Organisations has demanded that the provision, which allows a person to be Nepali only if both their parents are one, be altered to say either of the parents. The Federation has also asked that the Dalits be allowed to receive citizenships on basis of the surnames listed by National Dalit Commission, without the need of a reference letter from the Commission.

According to a study by the Commission, 35 percent of Dalits are without citizenship papers, which the Federation alleges has led to 70 pc of Dalits being landless.

Published: 05-02-2015 09:27

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