After seeing the practice of seclusion and the plight of these women, I believe that taboos around periods are not a cultural issue, they are a human rights issue
As a journalist and development professional living and working in Katmandu, I have had the chance to see menstruating women’s situation across Nepal from close quarters.
I found that the practice of isolating women during their period exists across the country in differing forms. The situation of women living at the rural areas is terrible.
In some places, women cannot be in their own homes during their period; in others women can be in the house, but not in the kitchen and worship room.
They are also forbidden from touching other people (especially male members of the family or neighbours) or cattle and from growing fruit and vegetables.
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