The ‘Untouchables': The Tradition of Chhaupadi in Nepal

Poulomi Basu—WaterAid/VII Mentor Program

“I was in Gujarat, in India, working during my first year of menstruation. I didn’t observe Chhaupadi there. Things are different here. The first time I went into a Chhaupadi, I was scared of snakes. But now, more than snakes, I am scared of men. I am scared of getting kidnapped," says Mangu Bika, 14, who shares a shed with Chandra Tiruva, 34, and her two-year-old child. Surkhet District.

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