Family rendered landless for failing to repay Rs 20

- RAJENDRA MANANDHAR, Dolakha
Family rendered landless for failing to repay Rs 20

Mar 14, 2015-

Four generations of a family in the district have been compelled to live as landless due to their failure to pay back debt amounting to Rs 20.

According to Santa Bahadur Thami, his grandfather Purnaman had told him that his great-great-grandfather had migrated to Dolakha Bazaar from neighbouring Dumkot VDC seeking better opportunities. However, after being unable to pay Rs 20 he had taken in loan from a local moneylender, he could not return home and lost all their land and property to the moneylender. The Thamis have been compelled to live as landless squatters ever since.

Thami said they failed to lay claim over their ancestral property as they did not have land ownership certificate. However, they still get a tiny share of agricultural produce from the land.

Though Santa Bahadur and his younger brother Birman have been able to earn a decent living, their elder brother Bir Bahadur spent all his life in a small hut at Bhimeshwor-2. Santa Bahadur said Bir Bahadur’s family owns nothing other than kitchen utensils.

With his wife and two sons to care for, an illiterate Bir Bahadur earns works on a daily wage basis and barely manages two square meals a day.

The family has a cow tied behind the hut but as that too was taken on lease. Bir bahadur’s wife Rita said the first born of the cow will be theirs and they will have to give the second one to the owner.

Published: 15-03-2015 08:42

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