‘Jaat ko Prashna’ selected among the 30 finalists for World Justice ChallengeThe 12-episode television series discusses existing caste practices and discrimination faced by the Dalit community in the country.
‘Jaat ko Prashna’, a television dialogue programme, produced by Samata Foundation and aired on Kantipur Television, has been selected for World Justice Challenge 2021.
The TV show is among the 30 finalists from out of more than 425 applications that were received from 114 different countries worldwide for ‘World Justice Challenge 2021: Advancing the Rule of Law in a Time of Crisis,’, according to a Samata Foundation statement.
The 12-episode series of ‘Jaat ko Prashna’, hosted by the popular Nepali actor Rajesh Hamal, raises complicated and hard-hitting questions about the caste system in Nepali society by involving a wide range of personalities from intellectuals to politicians.
The show has been on air on Kantipur Television since August 1.
“Jaat ko Prashna has initiated a new debate in the social justice discourse in Nepal. Issues like systemic privileges, reservation of electoral constituencies, and the question of Dalit women’s resistance have gained priority in the Nepali discourse,” Pradeep Pariyar, executive chairperson of Samata Foundation, was quoted as saying in the press statement issued on Tuesday.
“Jaat ko Prashna has raised questions regarding inclusive proportional representation, social justice, the judicial mechanism, justice delivery, political participation and representation, the rule of law, and the practice of democratic principles – the answers for which questions are still being sought.”
The programme was aired during the challenging time of the Covid-19 pandemic, which also saw increasing violence against Dalits in the country.
According to Samata Foundation, within the first five months of the Covid-19 lockdown in Nepal, 23 Dalits were killed, including six in Rukum-West.
The World Justice Project organises the annual global competition to identify, recognise and promote the best practices and effective campaigns that protect and promote the rule of law in times of crisis like the unprecedented Covid-19 pandemic.
The World Justice Project, established in 2006 as a campaign of the American Bar Association, was transformed in 2009 into a non-profit organisation promoting the rule of law, according to the press statement.