Temple Maidens or Sex Slaves An Insight to the Customary Violence against Women in Nepal

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Temple Maidens or Sex Slaves
An insight to the Customary Violence against Women in Nepal

The true bitter reality of the lives of Nepalese Women remains unacknowledged by men and women alike and this ignorance along with deeply rooted patriarchal values exists at all levels. Despite the mere fact that women compose of more than fifty percent of the total population in Nepal, they are still deprived of the dignity and equality they deserve. As illiterate dwellers of rural Nepal, they are ignorant about their rights and end up never taking advantage of the offered guidance. In addition, the ancient norms and values that legitimize the cultural practices further justify the violence against women. Molded and socialized by their mothers who
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Once consecrated after initial purchase from poor families for as little as $140 they have virtually no one to take care of them; in other words those deukis have to survive on the offerings made to the temples. Due to the meager income generated by the temples in the rural areas, the marriage forbidden devotees support themselves by prostitution. Their illegitimate daughters usually follow suit, and thus the vicious circle of the never ending child abuse continues. The scenario is much worse than a simple flesh trade at a stationary location; these young harlots accompany priests on pilgrimage as roving prostitutes. These naive deukis serve as an entertainment source for the priests and the latter uses them for extra source of income on their way. Thousands of innocent lives have been victimized by these priests who disguise well under the veil of the customary law.
The 1963 National Legal Code (Muluki Ain) Article 3 of Nepal prohibits the sale or purchase of any person . Despite being against the law, the customary trade is on the rise as a 2007 UN Special Report on Violence against Women stated that there were nearly 30,000 deukis in Nepal in comparison to 17,000 in 1992 . Blindfolded by their selfish interests, locals further exaggerate that physical relation with a deuki will give them religious merit further increasing the demand for the illicit trade. Well known yet ignored; the government

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