DASJ Founder

Sarita Pariyar

Writer, Social Justice Activist, and the Founding Convener of the international Darnal Award for Social Justice.

About
sarita Pariyar

Writer, Social Justice Activist, and the Founding Convener of the international Darnal Award for Social Justice.
She writes and delivers public-lectures on Caste-questions and social justice issues in and outside of Nepal.

Sarita serves as a board member of the SAMATA Foundation, Madhesh Foundation, Accountability Lab, and is one of the advisors in Action-Aid Nepal.

She holds a master’s degree in Sociology and a Bachelor's degree in journalism and English literature from Tribhuvan University. Currently, she is pursuing legal studies at the Nepal Law School in Kathmandu.

She was recently selected as a Fellow of prestigious Draper Hills Summer Fellows on Democracy and Development, Stanford University.

Articles Written

What is Similar Between India and Nepal? Dalit Atrocities

What is Similar Between India and Nepal? Dalit Atrocities

The recent Rukum case in Nepal echoes the rampant caste violence in India. The region needs a new dalit narrative to imagine a better future.
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Bhauju’s Burning Questions

Bhauju’s Burning Questions

The rain is incessant, like the unceasing outpouring of a child’s questions for her mother. A small hut roofed with sheets beaten out from drums of bitumen. Intermittent holes filled with putty. When the rain is slanting, water gets into the house.
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A Dalit Mother’s Accounts

A Dalit Mother’s Accounts

I’ve met many mothers in my travels around Nepal. I’ve heard the tales of their lives and struggles. I feel that not all these stories are the same. I’ve written this story as a monologue, based on what a few mothers have shared with me
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The Media’s Portrayal of Dalits is Incomplete

The Media’s Portrayal of Dalits is Incomplete

Narratives of Dalits as just being victims of caste hierarchy ignores many stories of resistance.
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Dalit Women Representatives Are Being Excluded From Decision Making

Dalit Women Representatives Are Being Excluded From Decision Making

More Dalit women representatives than ever before won seats in the local, provincial and federal legislative bodies during the latest elections. Yet some are trying to deny Dalit women their deserved glory by arguing that this was an undeserved victory, a gift of the quota system.
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From Tika to Ashes

From Tika to Ashes

Maya Bishwokarma was 20 when she was gang raped by her co-worker Ganesh Baduwal Manoj Bogati, Suraj Chaudhary, Bhuvan Khati and Topendra Bogati on June 26th, 2018, in Chapre community forest, Kailali. Her new job involved collecting household data from Gauriganga municipality.
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The Old Weight of Caste

The Old Weight of Caste

It feels as if the war drum of death is beating its booming march in my body. I see a torrent of corpses falling before my naked eyes. And I see – a blue-and-red checkered shirt, a face blackened as if some acid or some other chemical had been thrown on it to render it unrecognizable. Swollen lips. The body, too, somewhat swollen. Grey jeans. A corpse muddied as if dragged there by a flooded river.
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Untouchable Stories of Touchable Vaginas

Untouchable Stories of Touchable Vaginas

“We are but the jungle—everybody pisses in the jungle.” These words from a middle-aged sister from the Far West still jab at me like wasp stings, and leave me reeling. She says in the language of her experience and sensibilities, “My life is just like that riverbank—desolate, dry."
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Champion of Justice

Champion of Justice

Remembering Suvash Darnal on the second anniversary of his death. Where do I start? How do I start remembering someone who left us so suddenly two years ago?
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