Women in Nepal Face Abuse, but the Real Problem Is Nobody Wants to Talk About It

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‘…………….Kusum Thapa is an obstetrician and gynecologist with over 25 years of experience working in both Nepal and the United Kingdom. She is also a New Voices Fellow at the Aspen Institute.

The country’s health care workers are rarely trained to identify victims of abuse and provide support—and that needs to change now, one physician argues.

A Nepalese woman takes part in a protest demanding stronger laws that protect women against physical and sexual abuse. (Photo: Navesh Chitrakar/Reuters) A Nepalese woman takes part in a protest demanding stronger laws that protect women against physical and sexual abuse. (Photo: Navesh Chitrakar/Reuters)

It is a chilly night in a rural hospital in Nepal. I have been asked to attend to Sita Devi, who is lying in a pool of blood as nurses rush around her. A mother of three young daughters, she is four months pregnant. And badly beaten.

A local fortune-teller has told her husband that the baby is female. After resisting his demands to terminate the pregnancy, Sita has…

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