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Yes it is ok if him or my mother in law beats me - Nepali women

Well, this is according to the results of The Nepal Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey 2010, covering 24 of Nepal's 75 districts.

An article by Hindustan times detials the findings of the survey giving different examples like - If a wife burns the food or demurs to have sex, her husband can beat her. And if she goes out without telling her mother-in-law or doesn't bring in dowry, the mother-in-law can do the same. That is how a large chunk of women in Nepal's patriarchal society feels, a sample survey has discovered.

The survey focused on the state of women and children in two regions most vulnerable to disasters and the most underdeveloped. You can read the original article here

Sad to say that this is not unique to Nepal. Women in many other places feel the same...

We have a lot of work to do to change this situation...


Carlotta's picture

And saddest thing being that

And saddest thing being that mothers-in-law, who are also women torment some of their own. There really is a lot of work to be done.

YAOtieno's picture

It is a cycle

Hi Carlotta,

Indeed we do. I am learning that is is a cycle. Once you het married, you live with your mother in-law who controls everything in the house including which schools your children will go to, how you send your earnings and she even decides which and if you will go to hospital when ill. When you get older , you have the same power over your daughter in law and her children. A few people have good mothers in law while for some who have passed through bad experiences, pass on the same to the daughters in law

That is the cycle....

A candle looses nothing my lighting another

usha kc's picture

Hi sis, thank you so much for

Hi sis, thank you so much for sharing this bitter truth of nepali woman's experience.

YAOtieno's picture


Hi Usha,

Are you back from Dashiaan yet? I wish i were sharing happy instead of sad stories from Nepal.

Thanks for reading


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usha kc's picture

dear i did not go .

dear i did not go . Unfortunately one of our relative passed away so we did not celebrate Dashain this year. we should not worship, take tika and bless till 13 days. so I am just passing my days with daughter.

sis I will catch you in call hai.

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