“He said he could get another wife (instead) for 50,000 rupees”

Kathmandu-born epidemiologist Dr Lhamo Sherpa says that early in her career she began questioning the treatment of women in Nepal


Working at a community hospital in Bouddha, Kathmandu soon after graduating with a medical degree exposed Dr. Lhamo Sherpa to situations that made her reassess the lives being lived by women in Nepal. For example, “there was this childless couple who came for advice. After all the investigations, when I told him the price for in-vitro fertilization… the husband said that he could get another wife (instead) for 50,000 rupees.”

“When I told him the price for in-vitro fertilization… the husband said that he could get another wife (instead) for 50,000 rupees”

Dr Lhamo Sherpa

Today, Dr Sherpa is an epidemiologist but those who follow her on Twitter are much more likely to read her sharp comments about the treatment of women in Nepal’s patriarchal society. For instance, during last year’s 16 Days of Activism against Gender-based Violence she posted daily questions about how government and society treat women in the country.

I spoke to Dr Sherpa for the current episode of the Nepal Now podcast. Listen to it on any podcast app or on the website.

Author: Marty Logan

I am a husband and father communicating to change the world. I write, edit and podcast, mostly about health and human rights. Canada and Nepal. https://linktr.ee/martydlogan

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