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Needs to do More to Remove Superstitions from Nepal

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There are many superstitions in Nepal which let women behind. For some people it might be the story of a film but it’s a real issue of women. When women give birth to a child, till 11th days women are far from their freedom. They are kept is separate small dark hut which is prepared specially to give birth to a child. After the pregnancy no other people are allowed to enter and talk with her. No one will be with her to share her feelings. Sometimes women are kept in a dirty cow shed.

They are not allowed to come out from the shed or hut. Not only in the pregnancy in almost every part of Nepal when menstruation happens women’s are not allowed to enter in the kitchen and cook food. Bed will be separate for menstruation women. They are not allowed to talk to the opposite sex not even with their brothers and father. No one will eat menstruation women’s touched food. If by mistake they touches the food, rest of their family members will scold at them and food will be threw away. It believed that if anyone of their family member eats that food it will be sin for a family. Not only the family, this is also believe from menstruation’s women.

These practices apply still in my village. I saw my neighbors aunts, sisters who believed and do not want to change their mind. When they came to know that these practices do not apply to my family, they started gossiping about us as a bad neighbor. Moreover, they believe that God will be angry with the family and if they didn’t follow these practices, their family will be suffering from natural disaster. If any incident happened in the future, when they came to know that somehow the food is touched by menstruation woman, they will blame them. Some years ago, a cow died from our shed but our neighbor gossip that it happen because we do not follow the same practice in our menstruation. My mother was also telling the same things but finally I and my sister convinced her.

Now a little changed had been came. Some people had already been started their voice against this practice and we can see some positive changes but still we can read many frustrated stories reports in newspaper and an internet about these practices. Hope one day we will remove this practice gradually from our community as well as from our nation and entire world which will bring the happiness to get the freedom to develop them.

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Jocelynbrazil's picture

I hope so too

Thank you so much for sharing that. It is so important to have a reality check and a reminder that in so many places around the world women repressive practices are still happening.
I am so impressed that you have spoken up about it and convinced your mother of a different way of thinking.
You and your story is in my mind now and I won't forget it. I, too, hope that as a global community we can change this backwards way of thinking about women, childbirth and menstruation.
Jocelyn

sunita.basnet's picture

A voice need to rise on time

Yeap, That was my starting phase I started to talk with my family as well as community. I can convienced by family but it will take time to convience my community about child birth and menstruation. Hopw one day that will also removed from my country and the entire world.
Thanks for your comment.
Sunita

With Love and Regards
Sunita Basnet

JaniceW's picture

Superstitions

It is so difficult to overcome superstitions, and I so applaud your sister and you for speaking out and making your mother aware that there was no relationship between the cow dying and one's menstruation cycle. Often it takes a generation or two to change the way we think but know that your voice has been heard, and because of your post, one more woman from Nepal (and elsewhere) may feel empowered to stand up for herself. Thank you so much for sharing this with the community and bringing to light some of the issues facing women in Nepal today.

Dear JanicaW
Thank you so much for your support. Yeap, the situation is like miserable but we need to bring the change by rising our voice. Your small comments will help me to encourage me to rise my voice against these superstition.
Thank you for your comment
Sunita

With Love and Regards
Sunita Basnet

Dear JanicaW
Thank you so much for your support. Yeap, the situation is like miserable but we need to bring the change by rising our voice. Your small comments will help me to encourage me to rise my voice against these superstition.
Thank you for your comment
Sunita

With Love and Regards
Sunita Basnet

i really appreciate ur fellings m'am but in my opinion priority should be given to the individaual efforts.In our home we ourselves are creating the superstitious behaviour n so to discourage superstition from the entire world we really need to throw it away from our soul,surroundings etc.n i solute to you for all the efforts you've made or will make to overcome it.thank you m'am
pragya nepal
chelsea int'l academy
baneshwor,kathmandu,nepal

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