Chaaupadi Pratha in Nepal

  • Sakshi Dawadi
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  • Sakshi Dawadi

    Student at NALSAR University of Law, Hyderabad, India

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"Chaaupadi", a traditional practice centric to the orthodox societies in Nepal, is a custom to expel menstruating women from the house, asking them to live in a small hut called as “goth” which is shed-like, outside the main house area, because women are deemed to be impure during this time period. Women are treated equivalent to untouchables no matter the pain and suffering they go through, even young girls. Through this research paper my purpose firstly is to look at how this tradition came into practice in the Nepalese society, secondly how immobile people are towards certain aspects especially when it comes to traditions and talk about how law is not law until people consider it as law. I would also like to go through the situation of India in terms of looking towards the women during their menstrual cycle and lastly I will end on the fact that how femininity has been perceived as a pollution in the rural and even Nepalese urban societies .Hence the entire project mainly focuses on how law is a victim or a subject of time. The reason behind me choosing this topic has a little story that is I had been hearing about this since a very long time and used to think that it is not the actual scenario and even believed that there is a law regarding this so people won’t follow it and then when I met a friend in my high school who was from Humla which is located in the mid-western region of Nepal. So one day I was having a conversation regarding hometown and I asked her about this tradition in which she replied I don’t want to talk about it. Then later after some days she shared me the situation and I even got the chance to visit her hometown and could see those traditions happening right in front of my eyes and could do nothing. So I wanted to study this deeply and know more about it and also be able to analyze what can be done to make it better.



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International Journal of Law Management and Humanities, Volume 4, Issue 3, Page 2975 - 2984


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