Photography is an escape as it offers a creative release that other thing normally do not, and such creative escapes work wonders for the photographers and to photo admirers too. WAVE’s staff photographer Pranish Shrestha finds his escape while capturing his interpretations of issues that are customary in Nepal.
1. According to the data provided by the Nepal Police, a total of 6,627 cases of rapes were reported. While 4,589 were rapes, 2,038 were rape attempts. The new Civil and Criminal Code has come into effect from August 17, and the maximum jail-term for anyone convicted of rape has been increased from 15 years to 20 years and anyone found guilty of murder after raping will face a life-term prison.
2. Kumari, or Living Goddess, is the tradition of worshipping young pre-pubescent girls as manifestations of the divine female energy or devi in Hindu religious traditions. In the past, no Kumaris received education as they were considered to be omniscient. However, Kumaris now can receive education as they enter mortal life. Kumaris are now allowed to attend public schools. But there are some who received their education through private tutors.
3. According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), nearly 800,000 people die due to suicide every year and 78 percent of global suicides occur in low- and middle-income countries. Suicide is the second leading cause of death among 15–29-year-olds. According to a report published last year, 5,124 people had committed suicide in the fiscal year 2016-17 in Nepal. In the last four years, the country has seen a 13 percent rise in suicide rate.
4. Tradition can bring about a fixation, a concept that one readily accepts, perhaps not with a great deal of thought.
About the photographer
Pranish Shrestha is a staff photographer of WAVE Magazine. Besides, photography, Shrestha, who has completed his +2 from DAV College, supports his family in their handicraft business.