According to various media claims, the European Union Delegation to Nepal paid journalist Rupa Sunar to create ethnic tensions in Nepal.
In a statement issued on Friday, EU Ambassador to Nepal Nona Deprez said, “Our mandate in Nepal focuses on a development partnership aimed at having a common understanding on issues of mutual concern and thus working together to help Nepal achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and graduate from LDC status by 2026.”
According to the statement, the EU Delegation in Nepal is ready to share additional information on the EU’s actions and collaboration with Nepal.
Sunar had just protested to a property owner in Kathmandu about being denied a flat because she is a Dalit. Saraswati Pradhan, the house owner, was arrested after she filed a complaint, but she was eventually released.
The episode appeared to have divided Nepali society, with some supporting Sunar, claiming caste-based discrimination, and others supporting Pradhan, stating she was simply exercising her right to property.
During that time, some sources suggested Sunar purposefully requested a flat from Pradhan and was denied based on her caste, in order to inflame tensions between Dalits and Newars. She was accused of doing so with the help of the EU.
“The EU strictly offers financial help to Nepal through the government treasury, multilateral agencies, and civil society organizations functioning in Nepal through a competitive and transparent process,” the EU Delegation to Nepal announced today.