Kalli Kumari to return home today

Kathmandu: Kalli Kumari BK, a resident of Pyuthar VDC, Lalitpur, who was forced to leave her house by the locals accusing her of practicing witchcraft, will return home after 52 days on Monday.

On March 20, BK, a Dalit woman, was forced to eat her own excreta by the locals led by Bimala Lama Gole.

BK, along with her daughter, has been living at Maiti Nepal since March 24, while her husband has been taking refuge at Chapagaon.

“We will take her home on Monday. The local administration has assured us that she would be safe now,” said Dhan Kumari Sunar, member of the National Women’s Commission.

Sunar said representatives of National Human Rights Commission, NWC, National Dalit Commission, mediapersons, members of Constituent Assembly including Barsha Man Pun ‘Ananta’ of the constituency along with representatives of the local administration would accompany BK and her family.

She said BK has been repeatedly asking the NWC to take her to her house as she was worried about her cattle. BK has received Rs 40,000 as compensation.

Police have arrested two of the locals involved in the incident but the main accused, principal Bimala Lama, has been absconding. Chief District Officer of Lalitpur, Laxmi Prasad Dhakal, said a police team led by DSP Chandra Kumar Khapung will make the necessary security arrangement for BK’s return to home. “A total of 25 policemen are stationed at Pyutar,” he said.

“We decided to send her home after receiving the information that the locals are convinced and no harm would be done to her family,” he said.