Isolation Of Menstruating Women Now A Criminal Offence
Perhaps you live in a part of the world where women’s menses isn’t a big deal.
In Nepal it used to be, to the extent that many communities isolate their women seeing their monthly period.
Many communities in Nepal view menstruating women as impure, and in some remote areas they are forced to sleep in a hut away from home during their periods, a custom known as chhaupadi.
But that is set to change as the country steps up to civilization.
On Wednesday, Nepal's parliament criminalised that ancient Hindu practice.
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The new law stipulates a three-month jail sentence or a 3,000 rupee fine ($30), or both, for anyone forcing a woman to follow the custom.
"A woman during her menstruation or post-natal state should not be kept in chhaupadi or treated with any kind of similar discrimination or untouchable and inhuman behaviour," reads the law, passed in a unanimous vote.
But it will only come into effect in a year's time.
Chhaupadi is linked to Hinduism and considers women untouchable when they menstruate, as well as after childbirth.
They are banished from the home, barred from touching food, religious icons, cattle and men, then forced to sleep in basic huts known as chhau goth.
What a custom.
Nepal’s parliament certainly deserves 3 gbosas for this law