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Efforts to end ‘chhaupadi’ – a monthly stigma in rural Nepal Slug: Nepal menstruation Reporter: Sunil Neupane Date: 12/12/2012

INTRO Once a month, during their menstruation period, woman in rural parts of Nepal, aren’t allowed to participate in normal family activities. They are considered impure and have to live in a small hut with no windows, far away from their homes. The tradition, known as chhaupadi, often leads to depression and in some cases even death. But recently a village in far western Nepal put an end to the practice. Sunil Neupane joins the celebrations. TEXT SFX 3 drum and singing Dozens of people in Bhageshwor village gather in a nearby temple, playing drums and singing traditional songs. They’re celebrating the end of chhaupadi – a tradition that isolates women during their menstruation period. Prakash Katri is the head of the local community. PRAKASH CLIP 1 (MALE, NEPALI) “We formed a special committee to stop this shameful practice in our village. Educated people and community health volunteers are ready to help us. It’s not easy to convince the old people, they’re against our campaign. We had arguments in some areas. They believe that during the menstruation period, women should stay inside the hut or God will be angry. We tried several times but they are not ready for change. So we tried with families where the father and mother or the father-in-law and mother-in-low were prepared to try it out. After the women stayed for a few months inside the main house, nothing happened. So finally we convinced them.” Under the chauppadi tradition, menstruating women are considered impure. Therefore they have to live far away from home for up to 4 days, in a hut that is commonly used for cows - with dirt floors and no windows. They must survive only on dry food, salt and rice.

BELU PANDIT CLIP 1 (FEMALE. The hut is a 10 minute-walk from my home.18-year student Dibya Bohara hates the chhauppadi hut. I heard that a woman died there because of a snake bite. We also face difficulties from educated people who don’t want to end this harmful practice. they can also suffer from malnutrition. . I’m very happy. And then a snake was found at home and rumour spread that this happened because she didn’t stay in the chhaupadi hut. According to local police. they have to stay in the hut with their babies – this leads to high rates of infant and maternal mortality in western Nepal. It’s hard to convince them.” The huts are very unhygienic. I couldn’t sleep well. if any cattle died as a result menstruating woman staying at home. NEPALI) “We face a big challenge from the local Shamans and religious leaders.” In 2005. They asked for a guarantee for the well being of their family members. There’s no light in the hut and someone might attack me during the night. DHRUBA CLIP 1 (Male. They said. NEPALI): “When I was away. Nepal’s Supreme Court ordered the government to abolish chhaupadi. not in the hut. 8 women in Accham district have died inside chhaupadi huts in the past four years. women are often sick with diarrhoea and respiratory problems. For example. And last month a teenage girl was raped inside one of the huts. But now I can stay at home. NEPALI) “I’m afraid of snakes.” SFX 1 Sweeping 35-year-old Belu Pandit used to worry a lot about her family every time she had to stay in the hut. people are still following the tradition says Dr Aruna Upreti. a consultant for the NGO British Nepal Medical Trust. In severe situations. Thank God. one woman in my village started to stay at home. I worried about my sick husband and my children’s welfare. we would have to give them compensation. Program Manager Dhruba Sunar says it’s hard to convince people to stop the tradition. And I can’t read anything when I’m inside the hut. Even after giving birth. Three years ago the government published a protocol to bring an end to what it described as an ‘evil practice’. Local NGO Sam Bikash has been working on this issue for years. But in rural areas. DIBYA CLIP 1 (Female.

JANAKI BOHARA CLIP 1 (FEMALE. We had to take four days leave. Gokul CLIP 1 (MALE. Some female activists and community health volunteers are continuing the practice too. When I asked them why.” SFX 5 People are talking and laughing in a hotel But in other parts of the district. NEPALI): “In the past. nothing happened.” SFX 3 Janaki talking Chhaupadi also stops girls from going to school when they’re menstruating. . women still have to struggle hard.” For Asia Calling I'm Sunil Neupane in Nepal. 41-year old Janaki Bohara. 35-year old Parwati Bohara is happy. My mother is still not ready for any change. PARBATI CLIP 1 (FEMALE. the chhaupadi is still strong. girls couldn’t come to school if they were having their period. sees nothing wrong with the tradition. I was afraid. Now we can stay in our own home even when we have our period.ARUNA CLIP 1 (FEMALE. out of a total of 19 thousand women of reproductive age. they say it’s because of their in-laws. only 3 thousand have started staying at home during menstruation.. how can we expect things to change soon? I think we should wait until the next generation. And after that. And there were cases of pneumonia when we stayed in the chhaupadi hut. is against the tradition. NEPALI): “We’ve been practicing this tradition for a very long time in our society.. but when I continued coming to school. it’s difficult for them to say no. But one day I started to come to school. Our children and their mothers are now safe. ENGLISH): “In some parts far away from the city. other girls and female teachers also started to come to school during their period. 42-year old Gokul Nath. School principal. According to the Women’s Development Office. NEPALI): “We used to believe that God would be angry if we stayed at home during menstruation. Local people said they were angry with me and that I would die.” SFX 4 SINGING AND DANCING Back at the celebrations.

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