Temple Maidens or Sex Slaves An Insight to the Customary Violence against Women in Nepal

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Temple Maidens or Sex Slaves An insight to the Customary Violence against Women in Nepal The true bitter reality of the lives of Nepalese Women remains unacknowledged by men and women alike and this ignorance along with deeply rooted patriarchal values exists at all levels. Despite the mere fact that women compose of more than fifty percent of the total population in Nepal, they are still deprived of the dignity and equality they deserve. As illiterate dwellers of rural Nepal, they are ignorant about their rights and end up never taking advantage of the offered guidance. In addition, the ancient norms and values that legitimize the cultural practices further justify the violence against women. Molded and socialized by their mothers who faced similar fate, women in developing countries tend to accept their status as second class citizens and learn to adapt to the traditional values of compliance and subservience. Women in Nepal have been in war against the long established conservative norms practiced generations after generations. More than half of the women in Nepal end up being victimized in some way or the other due to the age-old patriarchal value system, they are still oppressed, exploited, dominated and discriminated against from the earliest age. They have been kicked around, sold, physically and mentally abused all under the shade of the law. Their submissive nature makes them vulnerable and subject to various kinds of violence and crime. One of the greatest violations of the human rights exists in the form of Deuki system in Nepal; a system whereby a girl is set apart either from one’s own or from an underprivileged family to be offered to the gods in order to gain religious merit. Established in good faith by King N... ... middle of paper ... ...uld work wonders to initiate the process of rehabilitation and prevention. With equal emphasis on rescue and rehabilitation of the current deukis, we could protect their daughters and provide them with training so that they can adopt a decent profession. However, to fully make an effective attempt towards eradicating the value system, those who engage in such trade should be harshly prosecuted. It seems like a tough nut to crack, however all we have to do is be able to help and more than able we should want to help. A small effort from our side could work wonders in the lives of the innocent deukis. When women in power want to help, they can help and they will help. We should be happy that women are being able to express their political views, now it is high time to exercise the earned right and work towards making a difference in the lives of all Nepalese women.

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