The racist discriminatory caste system is alive and kicking in Nepal with a truly disgusting story revealed a couple of days back. I know this isn’t an ancestry story but some things go beyond personal fun and interest blogging.
About a month ago a young woman, Sani Rishidev from the Manang district of Nepal, eloped with Sirjana Thapa Magar. In the West elopement is a thing of the past, but in countries where “permission” is still needed to marry it routinely occurs when two people from different levels of society, as decreed by the ancient caste system, want to marry.
Sirjana is of a higher caste than Sani and his family have decided to PUNISH her family …….. by cutting off their water supply! Yes, you read that correctly, the Thapa Magar family have prevented the Rishidev family from accessing water from the village well. The police and local government officials know about it and have done …… nothing, sweet F.A., nada, or, as we Northerners would say, they’ve done bugger all, nowt! Well, that’s not quite correct, they’ve held “discussions”.
Now, imagine a similar situation in the UK or the US: say, woman of one ethnic group elopes with a man of a different ethnic group and one family cuts off the water or electricity supply to the other and the police do nothing. Oh, the outrage, I can see the media headlines and street protests now. It’s one of the things that irritates the hell out of me with many feminist, environmentalist, leftist-liberal protesters who often take to the streets on either the most trivial or unbalanced issues but blindly ignore things like this that are all too common. But there again, protesting about the UK and it’s 2% of global CO2 emissions or in the US protesting about Trump’s locker room conversations has higher Facebook or Twitter virtue value!
Do take a peek at the media report on this here Kathmandu Post and anything supportive written on my Facebook page post would be appreciated.