A ‘Romeo and Juliet’ story from Nepal

Mar 14, 2014
The multimedia presentation “Untouchable Love” tells the tale of a young Nepalese couple.

Camden — Meghan Vigeant of Rockland will present her multimedia documentary “Untouchable Love,” about inter-caste marriage in Nepal, Thursday, March 27, at 7 p.m. at Camden Public Library, Main Street and Atlantic Avenue. Originally scheduled for Valentine’s Day week, the presentation was rescheduled due to wintry weather.

In a caste system, people are divided into groups based on their occupation and ancestry. It is a system that perpetuates discrimination, and it continues today, even after laws have tried to stop such discrimination. Vigeant traveled to Nepal in November 2012 and asked Nepalis how they feel about the caste system. Specifically, she wanted to meet a young couple that married across caste lines.

Nisha and Raj Kumar kept their love a secret for five years. When they finally eloped, Nisha’s family reacted with rage, violence, demonstrations and kidnapping. Vigeant will tell their story with photos, sound, video, animation and live narration.

Attendees can enjoy a cup of Nepali tea before the half-hour presentation, and a question and answer session will follow. The documentary is funded in part by a grant from the Maine Arts Commission, an independent state agency supported by the National Endowment for the Arts.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.

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