The Supreme Court (SC) summoned Education Minister Krishna Gopal Shrestha on Wednesday in connection with a writ filed against caste-based discrimination.
A single bench of Justice Kumar Regmi issued a show-cause notice to the defendants, including Minister Shrestha, in response to a writ filed by VJ Rupa Sunar, and urged him to come before the court on Tuesday with a written clarification.
Sunar has filed a writ petition with the Supreme Court against individuals responsible for her caste-based discrimination. On Sunday, Sunar filed a lawsuit against Saraswati Pradhan, the landlord who refused to give him a room, minister Shrestha, the District Public Prosecutor’s Office, and the Metropolitan Police Circle in Singhadurbar.
Sunar claims in the writ petition that Pradhan refused to rent her a room after learning that she was a Dalit. According to the writ, there was a verbal agreement between the two parties on renting the accommodation prior to Pradhan’s denial.
Sunar has also urged that her fundamental rights be safeguarded and that those who discriminate on the basis of caste be penalized.
The episode has sparked significant condemnation of the country’s systemic caste prejudice, as well as the incumbent minister’s role in it.
Sunar has also urged that Minister Shrestha be removed from his position and prosecuted under the 2011 Caste-Based Discrimination and Untouchability (Offense and Punishment) Act. Shrestha had driven Pradhan home in his car from the police station where she had been detained after Sunar’s complaint.