Where are the feminist protesters when you need them?


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”.

The 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.

17 thoughts on “Where are the feminist protesters when you need them?

  1. I have tweeted your blog post. I do have to disagree with the idea that we should regard our third world issues as trivial. We’ve come a long way but, if we rest on our laurels, we will soon begin to slip back and things that have been hard won could be lost (what is happening in some American states at the moment for example). However that is not to say that, at the same time, we should not fight injustices and for the rights of women in every part of the world. For my small part, I have promised a small anti-FGM charity that I will retweet all their Twitter posts in order to raise awareness of the myths and twisted rationale behind this horrible practice.

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    1. Thank you Anne, much appreciated. Well done on your FGM campaign too. There is so much going on like this in the wider world including female trafficking, unpunished rape, specific human rights violations relating to citizenship discrimination, the abhorrent caste system which institutionalises social hierarchy, and even lesser education for women (in Nepal). Sometimes it needs aggressive publicity because Asian governments are complicit and they need exposing.

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  2. Ia this post an attempt to rally folks around the cause of changing the caste system in Nepal?

    Or is it a complaint that the problem does not get enough attention on FB and Twit or the media?

    Or is just a rant against ” feminist, environmentalist, leftist-liberal protesters who often take to the streets on either the most trivial or unbalanced issues” ?

    A quick google of Human Rights Protest in Nepal reveals many female activist groups are risking their very lives for change and I am grateful that you brought this to my attention. Perhaps you could direct us to groups that we could support on FB and Twit and get out our pocketbooks… Perhaps you could share more articles like the Kathmandu Post on FB and Twit… Perhaps you could be more inspiring and informative..and not so insulting.

    Certainly what you and Dr. C did is beyond admirable, but you know too well what hurdles you jumped to get it done. To gather in women and men who will strongly protest this discrimination in ways that could effect real change is a lofty goal and one that I would support, not because I’m a feminist, environmentalist or a left-leaner, though I am… but because I am a human… I hope I can find a way to help…

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    1. All of the above! Googling tells you nothing, go and live in Nepal for 10 years and you’ll soon find out. Internal activists get nowhere on a strategic scale, they help enormously in individual cases, but international action is needed on a scale seen globally for TRIVIAL issues only as you mention. I’m glad we brought it to your attention.

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    2. I meant to add that the problem lies with government, they will just not act to overcome many issues like this which includes caste discrimination, gender discrimination, aid fund mismanagement, corruption, but what they fear most is exposure on a wider scale. They swallow up INGO activities by their bureaucracy and acting in smaller groups to bypass them works. But what they fear most is exposure, especially exposure by nationals from financial aid giving countries who publicise issues via the internet that never make it onto mainstream media internationally. We do our bit.

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  3. One of the benefits of traveling the world is that we see how very fortunate we are to live in Canada/USA/western Europe, and how little we have to complain about. thank you for reminding us that the majority of people, and especially women, have NONE of our freedoms or our choices.

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  4. I think it’s wonderful what you two have done to help advance society in Nepal. I’m sure it’s agonizing to see how slow (or non-existent) progress can be. It may take several generations to bring about the change you wish to see. As global communication improves, people begin to want a more open and equal society ( I hope).

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  5. We saw so many examples in India and Nepal of the oppression of women. When we tried to have conversations with locals (usually wealthy) they would deny any problems. What many young women resort to, in order to have some ‘freedoms’ is to entirely cover their faces with scarves. The problem is, the more they hide themselves, the worse it gets. Instead of demonstrating, they’re accepting it. It was very difficult to witness.

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    1. As you probably know my wife is from Nepal and we ran an education NGO in Kathmandu for 10 years. All our staff were female, highly educated too …. but still they were subjected to discrimination wherever they went! To see how Dalit children were treated was dreadful, but to stand up for them and treat them as equals was one of the best things we have ever done in our lives.

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        1. Thanks, very kind. Needless to say we were completely ostracised by government and district offices …. but what they didn’t understand was that we didn’t give a sh1t 😂😂 We still developed the quality of education in 200 of the capital city’s poorest schools and trained 2000 teachers.

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  6. This is precisely why I am not a feminist in the American sense. We Americans have it fantastically well compared to women in other parts of the world but radicals would rather bitch about the patriarchy here than do someyhing about it in places where it actually oppresses women. Thank you for writing this. Hopefully it will put things into perspective for someone women and they’ll stop screaming at the sky over trivial matters.

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    1. Thank you Jennie, I really appreciate your comment and point of view. Feminism has its place in the world but your last sentence puts the imbalance into perspective. I have written before about horrendous discrimination against women in Nepal and hardly get a comment.
      Maybe you would consider reblogging my post, I’m NOT seeking followers etc but a wider audience does need to consider such things that are never reported?

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