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The youngest son, Bikash Pariyar, gives Dag Batti ( fire for cremation) to his father Tanka Bahadur Damai at Ghat in Marshyangdi River in Besishahar , Lamjung, Nepal.

November 08, 2017
Besishahar , Lamjung, Nepal
The youngest son, Bikash Pariyar, gives Dag Batti ( fire for cremation) to his father Tanks Bahadur Damai at Ghat in Marshyangdi River in Besishahar , Lamjung, Nepal.

Tanka died at the age of 47 Year in Qatar on 21 September 2016. He had been working as a carpenter in Qatar since 8 years. After 57 days of his death, his family was able to bring his dead body to his home for cremation today, on 3 November 2016.

In Hindu ritual cremation the Dag Batti (fire for cremation) should be given by the eldest son but the eldest son is working in Saudi Arab since six months who could not attend the cremation, as he did not have enough money to buy flight ticket. It is the same story with another elder son who is working in Dubai since two months. The youngest son also has applied for Dubai, but has to cancel his application due to the death of his father in Qatar who was working there as a carpenter since 8 years”. The family of Tanks Bahadur Damai is from the so-called Dalit Cast. The youngest son, Bikash Pariyar, who is 18 years, feels that he gets less respect in the society due to his cast.

“ We are Dalit, we have less respect in the society, our house is also destroyed by the earthquake, we are living in makeshift house now. My two brothers have recently gone for foreign employment by investing huge amount of money that is loan. There was hope from father but he also died. We are facing double disaster now” said Bikash Pariyar.
The death certificate of Tanka Bahadur Damai issued from Qatar reports cardiac arrest as cause for death. The family of Tank Bahadur Damai has not yet got any compensation from Qatar and Nepal Government.
“The company should have given compensation, Nepal government should too. The earthquake destroyed my house. If I do not get any compensation, life will be really difficult for me, my husband worked in Qatar for more than 8 years as carpenter”, said Ram Maya Pariyar wife of Tanka.

Besishahar , Lamjung, Nepal. 3 November 2016.