I see stories like this and I can’t help but despise some parts of Nepali culture:
A girl died in Nepal’s far-west after being buried under a landslide in a cow-shed, where she had been confined while menstruating, local media reported Thursday.
In the western districts of the country, girls are confined to sheds during menstruation, in a local tradition called chaupadi. They are forbidden to visit temples or enter the house during their period and are made to sleep in the cow-sheds.
Kumari Basnet, 16, was killed in a remote village in Jajarkot district on Monday night, when the shed was buried under a landslide, The Kathmandu Post daily reported.
Women are considered impure during menstruation in the Hindu tradition.
In western Nepal, many women following the chaupadi tradition die due to infections or attack by animals. Some also fall victim to rapists because the sheds are sometimes located at a distance from houses.
I am told many of those who follow these beliefs are uneducated people from remote regions of Nepal but as I have shared with you before, it’s also something that happens in educated, modern families. It happens in Australia (not being confined to a shed but certainly women I know of do not enter temples or take “tikka” when they have their period because women are considered ‘impure’ at this time.)
You would think we are living in the 15th century. But no, this is the 21st century and it’s still happening.
On a whole, women will always be seen as inferior if beliefs and practices like this continue.
Girls should not be treated like animals because they have something as natural as their period, something which gives life, and without which none of us would be here.
Society can only change if people stand up for what is right. Young women and men should put an end to this by speaking up and saying ‘this is not right’.
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