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Suicide bomber



A Salman Rushdie has been born in Nepal too. Her name is Manisha, last name, Darji. Someone who is weak in terms of caste, wealth and religion tends to be victimised by those intoxicated by the strength resulting from [higher] caste, [more] wealth and [dominant] religion. Manisha Darji of Naglibang of Parbat district became a victim of rape, by a group of four led by Indra KC. What happens when a woman is raped? As far as possible she tries to hide the wound as best as she can, or even commits suicide for fear of being shamed socially. Or she may even resort to the help of a woman trafficker, and begin a (voluntary) journey to the hell that is Mumbai's prostitution dens. But Manisha was different, she did not pick any of these options.

Wailing and screaming, she told the village the story of her rape. She named the perpetrators and filed a lawsuit against them. Then she came to Kathmandu and faced the people's court (sic) at the auditorium of the Nepal Bar Association, where she lamented her plight and stretched her hands out seeking support in her fight. All this prompts a question: what was the motivation of the organisers of the meeting in getting Manisha to speak out? Who will take responsibility for her security now? In a sense, Manisha Darji has become some sort of a suicide bomb...


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(11 JAN 2013 - 17 JAN 2013)


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