Biting cold afflicts Musahar people


December 28, 2023


Biting cold afflicts Musahar people

Cold wave and fog in Terai/File Photo

NAWALPARASI: The Musahar community of Devchuli municipality-2 is suffering from biting cold with the dipping mercury.

There are nearly 113 Musahar households, which survive on daily wages. It is one of the most backward communities in the country.

Local Shanti Musahar said, “We have neither clothes nor food to brave severe cold.”

Her house is a hut-like structure. Door and windows have no furniture and left open round the clock.

“Only option is sun basking. We sleep on straw. The husband has not got job either,” she shared the plight. There are a lot of Musahars like Shanti who are bound to spend night with empty stomach.

“It is difficult to manage food twice a day,” she wailed.

Similarly, Jitani Majhi, 65, said there no food grains nor clothes.

“We’re deprived of foods and left hungry for long. As there is no work, it has been long we have not been able to manage evening meal,” she grieved.

Meanwhile, Mayor of Devchuli municipality, Hari Prasad Neupane, said his office would immediately manage warm clothes and food stuffs in the Musahar settlement.

“Even some programs are in the offing to elevate financial status of Musahar people,” he vowed.