Saturday, June 21, 2008

Pariah for couple of days:Taboo that needs abolition

A Maoist worker in menstruation, from Bhairavsthan VDC in remote Achham district, living in isolation in a makeshift tent near her house, Friday. This practice known as Chhaupadi is widely condemned by women’s rights groups as inhuman. In this part of Nepal, women are considered impure for 11 days after childbirth and four to seven days during menstruation and kept in isolation. (Source: The Kathmandu Post, June 21)