Nepal outlaws custom of exiling women during their periods

Nepal outlaws custom of exiling women during their periods

Campaigners welcome introduction of jail sentences and fines for isolating women during menstruation but warn education is needed to end stigma

Nepal has passed a law criminalising the practice of banishing women to huts during their periods.

The ancient Hindu tradition of Chhaupadi, whereby women are confined to animal sheds during menstruation to keep “impurity” out of the home, was banned by the supreme court in 2005.

Related: Nepal’s bleeding shame: menstruating women banished to cattle sheds | Kate Hodal

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