Remember how religious authorities in Nepal were looking for a new "living goddess"? Now Nepal's Supreme Court has ordered the government to ensure health care and education for the young female goddesses, or kumaris, after the girls are forced to retire their position once they reach puberty. Critics claim that goddess life can be hard on the children, who are kept in temples from as young as 4-years-old and are worshiped by visitors. Nepal recently became a republic after lawmakers abolished the monarchy and now many cultural traditions are being challenged. [Reuters]
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@ItchykooParker: Little girls discarded after they menstruate. I don't think it requires much cultural knowledge to know it's bullshit. I'm not being snotty to you, but cultural relativism has been used way to often to keep women down.