Title Date
A dowry bed and chained for years 2019-04-15
Global Ministerial Mental Health Summit 2018 2018-10-24
Recovery from a traumatic suffering 2018-10-11
Capacity Enhancement and Need Assessment for Self Advocates 2018-06-28
Face to Face Program on Suicide Prevention 2018-04-04
Interaction Program on CMHC Package 2074 and Annual Work Plan Development 2018-03-23
Fourth Regional Level Training on Mental Health and Human Rights 2017-09-18
Devkota became Ashoka Fellow 2017-09-06
Rotary supports materials to the beneficiaries 2017-04-24
KOSHISH received Social Service Award 2015-12-04
International Disability Day celebrated 2015-12-03
Devkota honored 2015-10-09
A forum on roles of social workers in mental health 2015-07-25
Earthquake and Mental Health 2015-06-18
A discussion forum with Film Artists 2014-12-16
KOSHISH celebrates World Mental Health Day 2014-10-10
KOSHISH Chairperson Mr. Devktoa received Punawati Prasain Women Rights and Upliftment Award 2014-08-17
The Roles and Responsibilities of Psychology Students 2014-07-20
Awareness and fundraising program 2014-06-01
An interaction program held on “Importance of Integrating Mental Health in Primary Health: Opportu 2014-03-12
Workshop on "Reintegration & access to justice of women with psycho-social/mental health problem" 2014-02-24
Program Conducted on Breaking the Chains of Stigma in Mental Health 2014-02-20
"Success Stories" published 2013-12-20
Program for the Promotion and Protection of Mental Health 2013-10-17
National Mental Health Policy: Status of Implementation, Challenges and Opportunities 2013-06-06
A dowry bed and chained for years
Posted on: 15 Apr, 2019


Life of Babita is an example of how women are subjugated in every sphere of their life in traditional patriarchal society of Nepal. As a child she was forced to leave her education due to the economic condition of her family. Thereafter she engaged herself in household activities. After some years, her marriage was fixed with the dowry bargained at NRs 90,000 lump sum besides other gifts. 
However, the groom side added the demand of the folding bed which her family could not afford at the time of marriage. So, they promised to provide the bed later. The marriage ceremony was conducted on the scheduled date. However, they refused to take the bed later saying that their prestige was already ruined since the bed was not given on the day of marriage. Yet, her husband and in laws kept torturing her physically and mentally along with regular beating and cursing for the folding bed.
Due to continuous torture she left the house and return to her maternal home mentally distressed and with the wounds and injury marks on her body. She was taken to the traditional healer but her situation did not improve. Her condition became worse and her behavior became more and more aggressive. Because of this she was chained for almost 8 years. KOSHISH came to know about her condition through online news and rescued her. She got comprehensive treatment through rehabilitation services of KOSHISH and recovered gradually. She was reintegrated back in her maternal home in support of her brother. Now, she is engaged in the farm and other household chores. She is healthy and happy now. 
"My husband has now settled with his second wife and refused to take me in. Now I want to get my conjugal legal rights with him". Babita Yadav