“When a man is denied the right to live the life he believes in, he has no choice but to become an outlaw.”- Nelson Mandela
Ongoing agitations in Terai-Madhesh goes perfect with the Mandela’s line from “Long Walk to Freedom”. Constitution of any country should treat their citizen equally before the law and guarantee freedom from discrimination.
Our Interim Constitutions Draft 2072 Article 23(1) says “All Citizens shall be equal before the law. No person shall be denied the equal protection of the laws.” And Article 23 (2) says No discrimination shall be made against any citizen in the application of general laws on grounds of religion, color, caste, tribe, sex, sexual orientation, bodily condition, disability, status of health, marital status, pregnancy, financial status, origin, language or region, ideological conviction or any of these.
Though Interim Constitution draft talks about the equality before the law but failed to guarantee freedom from discrimination. There is now provision to prevent or probhit unfair discrimination on one or more grounds including Religion, Caste, Tribe, Sex etc.
Constitution Draft committee has to be serious with this issue and include article which guarantees equality before the law and freedom from discrimination to the people of Nepal.
Constitution Draft -2072 download link : http://goo.gl/W7u7OM