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Why It's So Hard To Stop Women From Sleeping In A Menstrual Shed


Added 05-13-19 06:07:01pm EST - “In western Nepal, women often sleep in a hut outside the house during menstruation because of beliefs about impurity ?" and sometimes die. The government is trying to end the practice.” - Npr.org

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Manisha Jaisi, 16, poses at the shed outside her house where she sleeps when she has her period. Jaisi got her period two months after her neighbor, Dambara Upadhyay, died while sleeping in a similar shed in 2016 of unknown causes. Jaisi says she never goes without her phone in the shed because she's scared after Upadhyay's death. Sajana Shrestha for NPR hide caption

Manisha Jaisi, 16, poses at the shed outside her house where she sleeps when she has her period. Jaisi got her period two months after her neighbor, Dambara Upadhyay, died while sleeping in a similar shed in 2016 of unknown causes. Jaisi says she never goes without her phone in the shed because she's scared after Upadhyay's death.

Every year in Nepal, women die while sleeping in a shed outside their home because they are on their period. The cause of death is often smoke inhalation from lighting a fire to stay warm.

The practice, called chaupadi, is linked to Hindu beliefs around religious purity and the idea that menstruation is spiritually polluting. In much of the country, this means that a woman who is menstruating will avoid temples, prayer rooms and kitchens – places important to keep pure in the Hindu religion.

Last August, the government of Nepal announced punishments for anyone who forces a female family member to sleep outside while on her period: three months in jail or a fine of 3,000 rupees, roughly $30.

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