A Goddess Retires

Retiring at the age of eleven might seem like a strange idea, unless you're a Kumari, " a living goddess" thought to be a female incarnation of the God Kali. A young Nepalese girl named Sajani Shakya has asked for her status as the Kumari of her local temple in Bhaktapur, outside of Kathmandu, to be removed.

Human rights activists in Nepal are currently petitioning the Supreme Court to terminate the practice saying that it denies a young girl a "normal" life.