In-custody death of a Dalit youth in Nepal sparks protests

Nineteen-year-old Roshan BK, a resident of Dhangadhi Sub-Metropolitan City Ward 5, died in police custody on Friday

Sep 14, 2020
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Nineteen-year-old Roshan BK, a resident of Dhangadhi Sub-Metropolitan City Ward 5, died in police custody on Friday. The police claim Roshan, who was arrested on the charge of stealing a mobile phone on September 7, died by suicide. The family of the deceased, however, allege that the police had tortured the teenager in their custody.

On Sunday, the family and relatives of the deceased organised a sit-in in front of the District Police Office demanding justice for the death in police custody.
 
Protests and demonstrations were organised in Dhangadhi on Saturday too.

"At around 9:30 am on Friday, the police told us that my son had passed away," said Tek Bahadur BK, Roshan's father. “They told us he died by suicide but we don’t believe their claim.”

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