High in Nepal, a Lowly Status for Women

High in Nepal, a Lowly Status for Women

Kerri MacDonald – New York Times – Wednesday, 23 October 2013 (originally published 21 Oct) A woman crouches in a doorway, hay at her sandaled feet and a cow to her left. She looks ahead, a pained stare on her face. This is where she lives, for now. “She’s not allowed to go back in […]

Centuries old Nepal banishment ritual endangers girls and women

Centuries old Nepal banishment ritual endangers girls and women

Nepal correspondent Nilima Raut with Shubhi Tandon – WNN Features (WNN) KATHMANDU: The centuries old practice of chhaupadi in Nepal can cause prolonged depression in girls and women. In extreme cases it can also cause death. Chhaupadi pratha, or ritual practice, places Nepali women and girls in a limbo of isolation. In history it is […]

Can Nepal women ‘untouchables’ outlive tired caste systems?

Can Nepal women ‘untouchables’ outlive tired caste systems?

PUNITA RIMAL / correspondent – WNN Features (WNN) Kathmandu: Kalli Kumari B.K. is 45 years old and is a Dalit woman, an ‘untouchable.’ “On March 20, Kumari was accused of practicing witchcraft by the villagers, and was mercilessly beaten up and forced to eat her own excreta in public,” said the Asian Human Rights Commission in an urgent […]