The National Human Rights Commission has called for non-protection of people responsible for any incidence of caste-based discrimination or untouchability.

The rights body has urged the government to take the incidence of caste-based discrimination and untouchability in a sensitive way, to bring the perpetrator(s) under the ambit of law through impartial and effective handling, and to protect the victim's rights to justice, dignity and equality.

The NHRC has urged one and all to exercise restraint and maintain social harmony while putting forth one's views on social media. It said, it has taken the complaint (it received) that journalist Rupa Sunar faced caste-based discrimination while searching for a room to rent, and is closely monitoring the investigation by police and law enforcement agencies.

NHRC today held discussion with Minister Krishna Gopal Shrestha regarding the issue of taking the accused in a inhumane and sensitive incident involving racial discrimination from the police office to her home in his vehicle.

Minister Shrestha said that he felt he ought not to have gone there in a government vehicle bearing a flag, adding that he would be aware that such type of incidents might not occur in future.

Nepal has been expressing commitment in international forum regarding the elimination of racial discrimination.

The constitution of Nepal, racial and other social untouchability and discrimination (Crime and Punishment) Act 2011 and Civil Code-2017 have provisions of punishment as they consider caste-based discrimination as a legal offence.

A version of this article appears in the print on July 1 2021, of The Himalayan Times.