Hindu ritual forces Nepali women into monthly exile

Source: Asia Times:

The small thatched hut in western Nepal has no walls to keep out the cold. Inside is a raised platform where Pabitra Giri sleeps during her period, banished from her home by a centuries-old Hindu ritual. Below the hut, known as a chhau goth, Giri lights a small fire to keep her warm. The smoke rises up to the small cramped area where she sleeps, making her eyes water.“We think that if we don’t follow chhaupadi bad things will happen and if we do, it [the gods] will favor us. I feel it does good, so I follow it during my periods,” Giri, 23, explained.

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