Chau-pa-di [noun] 1. Deadly tradition isolating women in unventilated mud sheds during menstruation
CARE Mythbuster Goma Acharya is fighting one of the most discriminatory, degrading practices faced by women and girls around the world.
Chaupadi forces women to be isolated in small, unventilated mud sheds during menstruation or after child birth. The custom, common in western Nepal, is based on the belief that menstruating women and girls are unclean and could spread the impurity to others.
While trapped in these sheds, women and girls are bitten by snakes, suffer infections and even raped. Some of them are even killed from these traumatic events.