What is it about?
Menstruating women in remote villages of the Himalayas still practise segregation due to the belief that menstrual blood is impure. They are confined to the cowshed (goth) and are not allowed to interact with others. Although Bageshwar district has been declared as open defecation free and every household has a toilet, menstruating women continue to defecate in the open because they are not allowed to use sanitation facilities used by others. This article looks at how women and adolescent girls cope when they have their period and how they have negotiated change given the rigid traditions that have been handed down the centuries?
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Why is it important?
The use of menstrual huts is common in many parts of South Asia. In India recently, a girl was killed during a cyclone because she had to stay in the menstrual hut. Although it has been outlawed in Nepal, the practice continues. There have been initiatives in Kullu district, Himachal Pradesh, to end this regressive practice. The experience of Pindar valley offers some insights on these practices can be overcome.
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This page is a summary of: Social Taboos and Menstrual Practices in the Pindar Valley, Indian Journal of Gender Studies, February 2019, SAGE Publications, DOI: 10.1177/0971521518811171.
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