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100 Women: Saving Nepal’s children from growing up in prison
Indira Ranamagar has offered hundreds of children a new life outside their mothers' prison cells.

Nepal's 'demon-chaser' dances again

Laxman Ranjit couldn't bring himself to dance after his wife died in an earthquake
There's a legend in Nepal's capital Kathmandu that the city is protected by a flesh-eating demon called the Lakhe, who wears gold, and has coloured wings, and a huge red face with streaming red hair and ferocious teeth. Once a year, during the Indra Jatra festival, he dances through the streets chasing away evil spirits and the bad luck that they bring. That job falls to dancer Laxman Ranjit - who's now in his thirties and has been performing the demon dance for the best part of twenty years. But this year, it was a chance for him to chase away his own personal demons. He's been telling Jo Fidgen about the tragedy that befell him... But first, about his impressions on seeing the Lakhe dance when he was a boy. (Picture credit: Prakash Mathema/AFP/Getty Images.)

Nepal's three-year-old 'living goddess'

A young girl in Nepal has been officially anointed as a Hindu goddess
There is a tradition in Nepal of worshipping young girls who are believed to be the living manifestation of Hindu gods, and the most recent to be anointed is three-year-old Trishna Shakya. The girls, known as Kumaris, are usually selected between the ages of two and four, and are considered divine until they reach puberty. The BBC's Sahar Zand made a documentary about the Kumaris, and explained more about the practice.

(Photo: Trishna Shakya carried by her father (left). Credit: Prakash Mathema/AFP/Getty Images)
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