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‘Malai nachunus!!!’ (Don’t touch me!!!)
I recently read that light touch sets off our body’s protective warning system, and recently – in Nepal – I had cause to intervene to protect myself from light ‘chunu’ (touch) from men…
Menstruation and Childbirth: The Historical Roots of Purity and Impurity Rituals for Women in Nepal
The Hindu Legal Code, the Muluki Ain of 1854 (MA of 1854), was developed by the dictatorial ruler, Jang Bahadur Rana to fulfill his vision of creating a pure Hindu land. It embedded Hinduism, patriarchy and the caste system. For …
The Impact of Hinduism and Patriarchy on Women in Nepal
Hinduism and its patriarchal norms have had a profound impact on women in Nepal. However, to classify Nepal as a patriarchal society alone would be an oversimplification of the issue. According to Hamal Gurung (2014, p. 175), ‘Nepal is a …
Beyond ‘The Helambu Girls’: The Trafficking of Women and Girls for Sexual Exploitation in Nepal
In Nepal, the trafficking of women and girls for sexual exploitation has a long history and reportedly dates back to the Rana Rule (1846-1951). During this time, young girls from the hilly districts surrounding the Kathmandu valley were brought to …
The Low Status of Rural Women in Nepal
In South Asia – a predominantly Hindu region – women and girls suffer severe discrimination, which begins at birth. Hinduism, as it is practised in South Asia, is patriarchal. In simple terms, patriarchy means that a system of government is …