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

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 paid a heavy price. I’m an obstetrician, but there is little I can do.

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