By Ranjan Kumar Amritnidhi,Delhi
“ Every child has right to live in this world.”
Now Matina Shakya three year old daughter of Pratap Man Shakya is the new victim of Nepal’s religious social evil- ‘Living Goddess’.
On the eve of Mahastmi Puja Manita has been appointed as a Living Goddess of Nepal. This social evil is now legal in Nepal. On this occasion more than one dozen Hindu and Buddhist priests chanted sacred hymns and cascaded flowers and grains of rice over her as a blessing.
She was wearing a red silk dress and adorned with red beautiful flowers in her hair.She received approval from the priests and President Ram Baran Yadav.
She will live in an ancient temple at Kathmandu in Nepal until she reaches puberty and loses her divine status. She will be worshiped by Hindus and Buddhists as an incarnation of the powerful Hindu deity Taleju.
This social evil has crushed her Childhood and Future Dreams of happy Married Life. This tradition violates International Child Rights. UNICEF Nepal and CEDPA Washington should interfere into this matter.
Such types of tradition is one of the greatest hurdle for the Protection of the Girls’ Rights. It must be banned for the Protection of the Girls’ Rights in Nepal.