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Nepal criminalises isolation of menstruating women.

The recent death of young girl has prompt Nepal Parliament to criminalise the isolation of menstruating women which was still practiced despite its banned by the Supreme Court more than a decade ago.

Menstruating in Nepal is considered as unclean by some communities and in some remote areas women are forced to sleep in a hut away from home during their periods.  This custom known as “Chhaupadi” is linked to Hinduism and considers women untouchable when they menstruate, as well as after childbirth.


The new law accompanied three-month jail sentence or a fined of Rs. 3000 or both, for anyone forcing or encouraging the woman to follow this evil custom.