Destroy ‘period huts’ or forget state support: Nepal moves to end practice

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After the custom of consigning menstruating women to outdoor sheds claimed three more lives, a new system of penalties offers hope of change

Chhaupadi, the practice of banishing girls and women to a hut or shed when they have their periods, is common in Dilu Bhandari’s village in Nepal.

But two months ago Bhandari, a 26-year-old mother of four, watched as her husband destroyed the tiny hut in which she had previously been sent to live once a month. The family had been told by local authorities that if she continued to observe the custom, they would no longer receive state food support. Forced to choose between a food allowance for her twin boys and abandoning the traditional practice, the choice was effectively made for them.

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Written by Rojita Adhikari in Kathmandu
This news first appeared on https://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2019/jan/14/destroy-period-huts-or-forget-state-support-nepal-moves-to-end-practice-chhaupadi under the title “Destroy ‘period huts’ or forget state support: Nepal moves to end practice”. Bolchha Nepal is not responsible or affiliated towards the opinion expressed in this news article.