From The Nepali Press
Bhairab Risal in Radio Sagarmatha, 22 November
FROM ISSUE #274 (25 NOV 2005 - 01 DEC 2005) | TABLE OF CONTENTS
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While the World Summit on the Information Society was going on in Tunis last week, in the outbacks of midwestern Nepal in the middle of nowhere a mother sits in the darkness of the cowshed with her new-born baby. She is not allowed to eat nutritious food, drink milk or water. She is deemed \'unclean' and can't come into the house, she is not allowed to look at the sun so her gaze will not defile the sun god. She is not allowed to touch anyone, no one is allowed to touch her. In the next house, a teenage girl having her first menstruation is in similar solitary confinement. At the time that she needs the most attention, when she needs to be told what is happening to her body and needs her family members she is locked up in the chhaupadi hut, the cell where her mother and mothers before her have spent four days every month. Despite laws being passed against it, even the wife of the headmaster of a school in Baitadi still had to spend her maternity period in the cowshed. If that is the situation with her, how long will it take for hundreds of thousands of illiterate women? How is the WSIS in Tunis going to help these women? We may have internet and mobile phones but how is what we communicate going to bring justice to Nepali women?