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Life in the settlement is basic, with no running water or toilets. But at least this communal water pump can be shared by everyone. In mixed-caste communities, Dalits are forced to eat, bathe and worship separately from their higher-caste neighbours.<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.

Life in the settlement is basic, with no running water or toilets. But at least this communal water pump can be shared by everyone. In mixed-caste communities, Dalits are forced to eat, bathe and worship separately from their higher-caste neighbours.

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....
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