Although the government has already criminalised Chhaupadi, the practice of banishing women to secluded huts during their menstrual periods, many people’s representatives, right activists and teachers have been found following the barred practice in various parts of Achham, Bajura and Bajhang districts.
Tulasi Aauji, of Mangalsain Municipality-5, married Ruman BK, of Kamalbazar Municipality-6, four years ago when she was 21 years old. However, Ruman’s family did not accept Tulasi, and the couple had to flee to India.
Between 2011 and 2015, 31 of the 75 then Village Development Committees in Achham— a hill district in the Sudurpaschim Province— were declared Chhaupadi-free. The Chhaupadi-free campaign was launched by various NGOs and social organisations with the support of the government authorities.
Pregnant women of Mangalsen Municipality-13 in Achham district are unable to receive effective health services due to the lack of skilled health workers and proper infrastructures in the government-run local birthing centre.