Several bloggers have brought this up today, the case of 3-year-old Matani Shakya who was declared a living goddess in Nepal on Tuesday. You might hear women say to their menfolk, “I want to be treated like a goddess!” But do you really?
To these Hindu and Buddhist clerics, with the approval of the Nepalese president, being treated like a goddess involves being stripped from your family, thoroughly checked for physical imperfections, spending a night in a dark room filled with severed animal heads, living in isolation in an ancient temple, being paraded around the streets for strangers to touch you, and finally cast back into society, penniless and without a hope of marriage, at the time when you are emotionally most vulnerable. Um, no thanks, I think I’ll pass.
Although I disagree that mere indoctrination of children into religion is necessarily child abuse, this clearly crosses the line and violates the basic human rights of these girls. And notice that her horoscopes were checked in her candidacy for goddess-hood. Who said astrology wasn’t harmful?