Nepali widows’ access to legal entitlements: A human rights issue

Pamela G. Poon, Kiely Houston, Abina Shrestha, Rajin Rayamajhi, Lily Thapa, Pamela J. Surkan

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Despite legal reforms, Nepali widows face barriers in exercising their property rights. This article provides a qualitative perspective on Nepali widows’ understanding of their rights and their ability to pursue legal entitlements due to widowhood. In-depth interviews and focus groups were conducted with seventy-six Nepali widows, four paralegals, and three key informants. They demonstrate that widows have limited success in exercising their property rights and seeking government benefits primarily because of a dominant patriarchal society, familial traditions, and bureaucratic restrictions. Nepali widows’ continued denial of property constitutes a human rights violation that Nepal’s new government should seek to redress.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)391-410
Number of pages20
JournalHuman Rights Quarterly
Issue number2
StatePublished - May 1 2016

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)


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