Considered impure in her village because she was menstruating, Ms. Bohara barricaded herself in a tiny hut, built a fire and braced for an icy winter night with her two young children. It was very difficult to breathe. Bohara and her children were the latest victims of a centuries-old tradition of banishing menstruating women and girls from their family homes. Though Nepal criminalized the practice last year, many villages in the country continue to follow the taboo, known as chhaupadi in Nepali.
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Nepal girls sleep in 'menstruation huts' despite ban, study finds - CNN
Follow our live coverage as we bring you all the latest coronavirus news. Despite Nepal's criminalisation of the practice, 77 per cent of Nepalese girls are being forced to sleep in so-called menstruation huts during their periods, a British-led study has found. The tradition, known locally as chhaupadi , considers menstruating women and those who have just given birth to be unclean and bringers of bad luck. They are not permitted to enter the home, touch anyone, attend the temple or celebrations, or eat foods including fruit, vegetables and milk products. While banished to these "chhau" huts they are vulnerable to extreme weather conditions, animal attacks, deadly environmental hazards and sexual violence, according to researchers from the University of Bath and the Kathmandu-based Centre for Research on Environment, Health and Population Activities CREHPA.
'Menstruation huts' still widespread in Nepal, despite them being outlawed
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A year-old girl suffocated to death after she was made to sleep in a shed because she was menstruating. We suspect that she died of suffocation from the smoke of a fire she lit to keep herself warm," local district inspector Badri Prasad Dhakal told the AFP news agency on Monday. Some Hindus view menstruating women as impure and in parts of Nepal they are forced to remain in a hut or cowshed for days, a practice known as chhaupadi. Truwa's father told Nepalese newspaper My Republica that she had had an evening meal at around 6pm on Friday and went inside the shed to sleep.