We need Alternatives and trust

Keshabi Joshi
Posted March 16, 2020 from Nepal

We need Alternatives and trust

Keshav Joshi

(Menstruation is a taboo.)

Now the world is facing the challenge of coronavirus but the women of Nepal are in double trouble, that the fear of corona and fear of government, society, and family while the reason is a mensuration time.  

The Middle and Far West, living in fear of the Chhaupadi (menstruation time) in the name of the custom, the surviving women are in a much worse condition. The government's steadfast determination to demolish the chhaupadi sheds (which are used by the women in their menstruation time as 5 to 7 days) and eliminate the chhaupadi rite, that has left many in silence. So far, about 200 sheds have been destroyed and collapse. After the demolition of such sheds women are using more insecure places, such as tents, caves, and barns,  in menstruation time due do the fare of the god which is deeply rooted in their mindset. As a result, the campaign by the government has been criticized from all sides.

Even more, Karnali and far west people who live in Kathmandu (central of Nepal )  and who are educators criticizing it. They do not have the resolve to "build their own village". They say that chhaupadi has been developed as a ritual that is not easily demolished. ‘So would it be quiet to be called a rite?’ They do not answer. They say they want to change. But No matter what changes they want, the improved chhaupadi or destroyed such rite. On the other hand, the government did the work of demolishing the homework without any hassle.  However, no alternative was seen by the alternatives to the enclosure. No one was able to say if God was angry if so we would solve it.  

The only victim can explain her pain rather than to the observer. Raising a noise from the capital was nothing. As the government becomes more stringent, the lives of women are sure to suffer. The number of women who want to change in the village is higher than the number of women who do not want it. Men do not even care about this issue. Because they have not been facing such a problem. As a result, the number of psychiatric women is sure to increase.

The sound against the roof should be raised from there women. To raise that voice, the government must raise the voice of public awareness. Until a daughter, daughter-in-law can’t speak against the chhaupadi, it is impossible to break the tradition. Today, the villages declared free of Chhaupadi and demolished but in a few days, the tradition will have appeared. because In those villagers are suffering from illiteracy, lack of awareness, lack of sanitation and lack of healthcare, when one gets sick, he first gets to Dhami and Purohit, and the deity appears to be stitched. The reason seems to be chhuyant it means the woman is living in her house in the mensuration time and she touched other persons. Then, they again go through it.

If, they have a choice to go to the doctor instead of priest then, the chhupadi huts would be destroyed by themselves. Until the easy access to take medicine the practice will be continued. Everybody wants to survive, to save their family. So, who gives counsel, he will do it. There is a poor financial situation, lack of ideas and villagers can’t afford an illness person taking them to other cities. And, he is compelled to live with ancient thinking. Sagittarius, shrubs are readily available in the village. They have no choice but to go to the refuge. When people suffer from general outbreaks, diarrhea, and headaches, they can’t find paracetamol the lack of government presents, they have no way to trust God. Unless the government brings forward such programs, it is difficult to break the tradition. The government should give God the option of trust, with proper education and proper health care. Otherwise, the fear of anger will never be overcome. Governments must say, belief in me, that the government gives it by fulfilling their basic needs. We need to come out of the superstition.

The problem of eating, living and wearing clothes is even more alarming in families who are dealing with problems. The government's attention needs to go there. The government also has the task of creating an environment where people can sleep at home. This environment can be expected to be created by the goodwill of the community or by the community leaders, dhami and priest.

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Anita Shrestha
Mar 16
Mar 16

Thank you for sharing

Jill Langhus
Mar 16
Mar 16

Hello Keshabi,

How are you? Welcome back! This is such a sad post. From the outside you would think destroying those huts would've been a good solution, but as most things go, it's not that straightforward. I agree with you that there needs to be improved health care and education. I am concerned about the women there with the virus. I hope it all works out. Approximately how many women do you think are still affected by this Chhaupadi custom?

Thanks for sharing and bringing more awareness around this issue.

Hello Keshabi,

Welcome back to World Pulse! What a tough situation women are encountering in your country. I don't know what to say, but it brings me sadness to read your post. I hope women leaders would occupy government posts so women policymakers can create laws protecting women and their menstrual health. Thank you for speaking up about this issue!

Rahmana Karuna
Mar 17
Mar 17

Thank you Keshabi,
how sad. no words. stay well!!

Chidimma
Mar 23
Mar 23

Thanks for sharing.
Be strong.

Keshabi Joshi
Mar 25
Mar 25

Thank you all for your comments.

coolasas
Apr 02
Apr 02

Hello Keshabi,
I lived in Nepal and I know the stories sorounding menstration, its was not very nice. Back then, we are worried about the earthquake and the safety of those women sent to have their period. It’s a sad reality and what was more sad is that since I was there nothing much has change for the better, it maybe worst.
I hope situation change and with the virus that is affecting us all, i feel for those girls and women whose marginalised just because of something biological, because they are girls, and women.
Keep up the spirit. Keep raising awareness.

Stay safe
Coolasas

Chidinma Helen Okoye

Thank you and be encouraged.

Chidinma Helen Okoye

Thank you and be encouraged.

Keshabi Joshi
Apr 06
Apr 06

Hi
@ Coolasas
It is good to hear, you had visited my country and sorry for the bad experience. Ya, we hope it would be changed. Thanx for sharing your experience.
& Thanx Helen

Anita Kiddu Muhanguzi

Dear Keshabi,
Thank you so much for sharing this post about the women in Nepal. It is quite sad that the pandemic has worsened their situation. We surely pray that this ends and that these women can be helped during this difficult time and also after this terrible pandemic. Stay safe my dear sister during this difficult time and have a wonderful Easter.

Sampada Sapkota
Apr 25
Apr 25

Hi dear Keshabi,
What you've mentioned above was absolutely true and necessary,too. "The number of women who want to change in the village is higher than the number of women who do not want it. " This line of yours reflected the condition so truly.
Keep it up, dear. Keep raising your voice against these issues!!
Hope you and your family are safe and well!
Lots of love,
Sampada