Friday 26 May 2017

Equal Times - Period pains: Menstrual Hygiene Day to raise global awareness on how traditions impact education and employment

When 15-year-old Roshani Tiruwa lay down to sleep close to an open fire in a small mud hut last December, she was unaware that the smoke from the fire would suffocate her. Why was such a young girl sleeping alone just metres from her family home? Because Roshani was on her period.

Her death on 16 December was the second within a month in Nepal’s western Achram district caused by women being banished from their family homes because of cultural beliefs surrounding menstruation. Dambara Upadhyay, 21, was found dead in a hut on 19 November under similar circumstances, according to various news reports.

The ancient Hindu practice of chaupadi considers menstruating women to be impure. Those who uphold the practice forbid women and girls from touching men or even entering their own homes, and prohibit them from eating certain foods. Disastrous consequences are believed to follow transgression, such as crop failure…

Read the full story on Equal Times.


  1. An interesting read for those interested in rural literature. The plight of the girl and the hint to the subsequent story is nicely written and it should be shared to create awareness regarding the subject.

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  3. It's really important. Not even in the countries of the third world, but even in the biggest one. I mean, look at the media. How many information are there about menstruation? And how many are there really good information? According to the review of Rephraser doctors and the community only few years ago agreed that menstruation can be really painful and it needs to be treated.

  4. Another model of comprehension in medicine should be consolidated into the current allopathic model. what is this

  5. Excellent read, I just passed this onto a colleague who was doing a little research on that. And he actually bought me lunch because I found it for him smile So let me rephrase that. Vulvovaginitis vs Yeast Infection