[Kumari] are forbidden from walking on the ground (this is seen as impure), they must wear layers of thick make-up and must dress in traditional red clothes and ornate jewellery, which weigh a considerable amount.

During their rare public appearances, their facial expressions are scrutinized for hints of divine messages. For example, if a Kumari receives a gift without saying anything, this is interpreted as a sign that the wish made at the offering will come true.

They often do not attend school and once the dressing and make-up rites have been performed, spend their days in the absolute peace and quiet of the temple.

According to the supporters of this tradition, they lead the life of a “princess”; they believe it is every little girl’s dream to grow up to be a Kumari. However, this is in fact an infringement of their human rights. Defenders of human rights consider this practice to be a breach of their freedom and right to education.

This is what you’re defending, you vile, disgusting person. How truly awful.

Children are religious toys for you to use to indulge your moronic superstitions.

This practice must end!

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Writer. Runner. Marine. Airman. Former LGBTQ and HIV activist. Former ActUpNY and Queer Nation. Polyglot. Middle-aged, uppity faggot. jamesfinnwrites@gmail.com

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