Shuklafanta denies official services to Chhaupadi enforcers

- RASTRIYA SAMACHAR SAMITI, Kanchanpur

Aug 5, 2018-

The local government in Kanchanpur District of Province 7 has thought of a novel way to fight oppressive social practices such as Chhaupadi pratha, or the centuries old tradition of banishing menstruating and post-natal women to isolation in decrepit shacks.

The local government denies local level official services to residents who practice Chhaupadi and other social evils.

The Shuklafanta Municipality-8 had decided to cease ward facilities for those unwilling to stop this regressive and harmful social tradition.

Women’s monthly periods are viewed as impure and, therefore, they are forced to stay in isolation (huts, cowsheds) at least for the first five days. Menstruating women cannot touch public water taps, cannot eat dairy products and other nutritious food. New mothers also face similar sanctions.

Ward Chairman Bahadur Mahara said service seekers are interrogated whether they practice Chhaupadi that remains a taboo in the Hindu society. The Ward has cut off its facilities for over a dozen of people found practising Chhaupadi.

Social activists, NGOs and urban women have slammed this vile practice. Many women banished to isolation in decrepit and porous shacks have died after snakebites, attacks by wild animals, rape and murdered. Many women become sick because of poor diet and are vulnerable to diseases.

Although Nepal’s Supreme Court banned Chhaupadi in 2005, its practice continues in village secretly.

The Ward seeks commitments from those involved in domestic violence, child marriage, age-gap marriage, drug abuse, families having no toilets at home, not administering a full course of vaccination to their children and not sending children to schools.

The Ward Office a year ago had come up with a provision of denying public service to the people illegally brewing alcohol, its sale and consumption. The provision is in force since then.

Published: 05-08-2018 07:28

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