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In
the western part of Nepal, girls and women are suffering from a dangerous
religious tradition called Chhaupadi and this practice had taken several lives
away. Chhaupadi is a practice that followed by the locals for centuries. They
believe that women are impure and unholy during menstruation (“Nepal criminalises”, 2017) and women were forbidden
to touch or talk to male family members. Their access toilet and washing facilities
were forbidden (“Nepal criminalises”, 2017)  as they believe that they might angering the
god. Women and girls were exiled to stay in a hut as known as ‘menstruation
hut’ or animal shed until their period ends. Nepal should ban the practice of Chhaupadi
because of the harmful environment, poor sanitation and women were mistreated
during their stay in the hut. 

First
and foremost, women are encouraged to get more rest and to be well treated
during their menstrual cycle. This is because our body’s self defense system is
weaken as well as the energy levels. However, women and girls in Nepal were
banished to ‘menstruation huts’ during periods due to old beliefs (Summers,
2017) and were badly mistreated. The
practice of Chhaupadi is not relavant to the modern day’s society as most of
the societies support human and women’s rights. Besides, inadequate food
and water were given as they have limited access to food and are not allowed to
use water.  What is more, they were restricted
from going to school (“Nepal criminalises”, 2017) as some of them believe that
they will anger the gods if a girl read or touch a book during menses.

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Secondly,
wash, sanitation, and hygiene(WASH) play a large role to women during menses.
Despite the fact, the condition in the huts are pretty unpleasant because of
poor sanitation and this might jeopardize the health of the women, which will
lead to urogenital infections, such as bacterial vaginosis (BV) and urinary
tract infection (UTI) (Das et al, 2015). Women can’t manage their period safely
with privacy and dignity due to the lack of running water in the hut (Summers,
2017). The use of reuse clothes and rag as a substitute to sanitary pads is a
common in Nepal and it’s not well sanitized and they might diagnose with
urogenital infection (Das et al, 2015). Some of
them were confined to cowshed and were forced to sleep with cow dung and mud
all around for days.

Lastly,
women who stay in the hut during menstruation faced a harmful environment. While
taking part in the Chhaupadi practice, they might have to deal with the danger of being attacked by wild
animals, snake and drunk men (Summers, 2017). For example, there’s a case in
Nepal where a 19-year-old girl died after she was bitten by a snake during her
stay in the outdoor shed (Summers, 2017). Besides, they had to live in the fear
of sexual abuse and assault at night and there’s no one right by their side to
protect them. At certain places in Nepal, the temperature can fall below 0
degree Celsius in winter (Bowman, 2018) and women have to endure and suffer in the
cold weather.

In summary, the Chhaupadi practice in Nepal
should be ban because women and girls in Nepal are suffering and they have the
right to enjoy human rights and not to conquered by gender inequality. It’s
normal that women menstruate every month. So, they shouldn’t be treated this
way and should be respect. Hence, government should look into this issue and
take initiative to prohibit the Chhaupadi practice in Nepal. People should be
more aware and concern about this issue.