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This woman, who lives in the same settlement, was less fortunate. She was raped by a drunken soldier and is too afraid of the military to make a formal complaint. Military and police personal are rarely held to account for human rights abuses against civilians - especially if those civilians are from the lowest caste. Or are women.<br />
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Dhangadhi town in Far Western Nepal is one of the country's poorer and more isolated regions. It is home to many of Nepal's Dalits - the so-called "untouchables", who are at the bottom of Nepal's strict caste-based system. As well as dealing with abject poverty, these people also have to cope with widespread discrimination by the rest of society, which is fiercest in underdeveloped rural areas. They have little access to services such as healthcare and education and routinely face abuse, from which they are often denied protection by the army and police. In some cases, it is the army and the police who abuse them.

This woman, who lives in the same settlement, was less fortunate. She was raped by a drunken soldier and is too afraid of the military to make a formal complaint. Military and police personal are rarely held to account for human rights abuses against civilians - especially if those civilians are from the lowest caste. Or are women.

Dhangadhi town in Far Western Nepal is one of the country's poorer and more isolated regions. It is home to many of Nepal's Dalits - the so-called...
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