Forbid Forced Isolation of Women in “Menstruation Hut” Ritual

Target: Bidhya Devi Bhandari, President of Nepal

Goal: Legally forbid deadly menstruation ritual that banishes and isolates women while they are on their period.

A teenager has died in Nepal after being bitten by a snake while she was banished to the cowshed that served as a ‘menstruation hut.’ The girl, 19-year-old Tulasi Shahi, is the second in the Dailekh district in only the last 2 months to be killed in similar circumstances. Young women are forced to sleep outside and alone, separated from their families, for the extent of their periods every month, because they are considered unclean.

The practice is called chhaupadi, and although it was outlawed by Nepal’s Supreme Court, this has not had a national effect. According to Nepali writer and activist Radha Paudel, “What the government has put out is just a guideline. No one can report to police, no one can file a case … you cannot punish anyone for sending their girls and wives to these huts.” This is shameful and dangerous, and must not be ignored any longer. Sign below to demand that this practice be forbidden by law throughout Nepal, and that the law be enforced in every district.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear President Bhandari,

The banishment and isolation of young women during their period is an unacceptable and dangerous practice that has been overlooked for far too long. Tulasi Shahi, a 19-year-old in the Dailekh district, was killed by a snake while she was alone, banished to the cowshed. Less than two months prior in the same district, 14-year-old Lalsara Bika died from illnesses she contracted while isolated and exposed to severe cold.

The deaths of these young people were tragedies that could easily have been prevented. The continued violation of women’s rights is clearly dangerous, and is also entirely unjust. I urge you to stand up for the rights of women and protect their lives by legally forbidding the practice of chhaupadi, and ensuring that those laws are strictly enforced in every district.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: The Advocacy Project

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5 Comments

  1. Selena Brooks Selena Brooks says:

    Health and Biology education needs to be introduced and not old barbaric traditions!

  2. Sonja Beyer says:

    A people mentally stuck in the middle ages! and that in the year 2017! How barbaric can one be?

  3. Sonja Beyer says:

    A people mentally stuck in the middle ages! and that in the year 2017! How can one nation be so far behind in education?

  4. It beggars belief that some countries are so backward and ill educated.

  5. It’s unbelievable that in 2017 menstruating women are considered ‘unclean’! What a bunch of savage, backward and ignorant bastards!

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