The banishment of bleeding women and girls to cattle shed or makeshift hut best defines the custom of Chaupadi. The practice is extensively followed in the Far west region of the country as women and girls on period are considered impure. The new law that criminalizes Chaupadi, which will come into effect in a year’s time, stipulates a three-month jail sentence or a Rs 3,000 fine, or both, for anyone forcing a woman to follow the custom.
There are around seven billion people on this planet and if even 50 percent of them are women that would mean around 3.5 billion girls roam in this planet. But I found her the most beautiful though the definition of beauty differs from one person to another.
Folk singer Prajapati Parajuli expressed concern over the degrading quality of Nepali music and lyrics. Speaking at the 6th Sports and Teej Fest organized on Tuesday in Baglung, he shared that the Nepali music industry was in peril due to ignorance on the part of music professionals.
Mohan Chaudhary is 21 years old, and working as a laborer for a construction company in Kathmandu. He is originally from Deukhuri, Dang. His work station varies as per the instruction of his employer. He begins his work from 10 am and continues till 5 pm. Sometimes, he has to work overtime depending on the kind of labor required. He gave up schooling after Grade VI and started working as a laborer ever since. He has left behind his mother and wife to work in Kathmandu. Talking about the work satisfaction he shared, “The company pays for my accommodation and I have to spend only for food. This has helped me save a good amount of money, which I send home. I want to continue this job for as long as I can.” He said life for him was filled with responsibility. Being an only child, he feels responsible to look after the family of four.
“The recitation of Krishna Mahamantra ‘Hare Krishna Hare Krishna, Krishna Krishna Hare Hare, Hare Ram Hare Ram, Ram Ram Hare Hare’ it is believed to purify us and bring happiness in life,” shared Ramina Maharajan, a member of International Society of Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON), Nepal.