Menstruation not a crime but isolating menstruating women is now real crime in Nepal as per new code
Source :NewsBharati   Date :10-Aug-2017

Kathmandu, August 10: Human race have progressed with time, reached the unreachable Moon but it could not change old blind faiths. Menstruation which keeps the human reproduction ongoing has always been badly tagged as something unholy. In almost every country Women even blush to utter the word such our social construct is. When society cannot overcome its disease law comes to overthrow it. Nepal has proved that very well. The Legislature-Parliament on Wednesday enacted a new law criminalizing a custom which alienates Menstruating woman.

Chhaupadi is an ancient religious practice that banishes woman from during menstruation. Menstruating women are viewed as impure by some communities. Whereas child birth is such a beautiful moment, the custom even banishes woman after their child birth. They are forced to stay in a hut during these phases.

New Law:

“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 behavior,” reads the new law. If anyone does so he will be liable to a three-month jail sentence or Rs 3,000 fine or both.

How Chhaupaudi killed women

This custom is harmful not for mental health but also for physical health too. It may pose a life threat to the woman. Snake-bite, smoke inhalation or hypothermia push them to death as they are menstruating. Two women died last year. Even in last month, a teenage girl died due to snake bite.

Nepal Supreme Court banned this custom more than a decade ago. But society is such rigid the ban could not stop it until it was criminalized. Women’s right activists hope that the law may really put an end to this horrible custom.