Caste-based discrimination prevalent in Nepali society

Education Minister Shrestha apologizes for his actions related to Rupa Sunar case

KATHMANDU: The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has sought clarification from Education Minister Krishna Gopal Shrestha in the Rupa Sunar case. The commission said that it had called Shrestha’s office on Tuesday and sought clarification from Shrestha on the incident.

The commission summoned him to its office and demanded an explanation, informed Tikaram Pokharel, Spokesperson and Joint Secretary of the commission. According to him, the commission is preparing to issue a press release on the incident soon.

Rupa Sunar, a resident of Tanahun, had lodged a complaint against Saraswati Pradhan at the Metropolitan Police Circle, Singha Durbar, alleging that Pradhan had not given her a room for rent at Baber Mahal in Kathmandu. Pradhan was arrested three days after the complaint was lodged. 

Minister for Education Krishna Gopal Shrestha had reached Singha Durbar of the Metropolitan Police Circle in Anamnagar on 23rd June in a government vehicle to release her on the same day that the government prosecutor’s office ordered to conduct further investigation and release her. He had taken Pradhan home in his own car.

After the incident, there have been protests against the Education Minister Shrestha, along with demands for his resignation from the post. 

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