Nepali woman and her two children die in outlawed ‘menstruation hut’

Menstruation Hut

Chaupadi, a type of menstruation quarantine is an ancient (and now outlawed) traditional practice in Nepal. Menstruating women and their young children are kept apart from the rest of household and must live, eat, and sleep in livestock sheds or other outbuildings for the duration of their periods. Even though it is no longer lawful, in rural areas chaupadi (and many other traditional practices such as dowry violence) continue, despite the risks and the violations of women’s rights. Recently a young woman and her children died in the winter cold because of chaupadi.

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