Are’nt you guys desperate after reading the title? Lets elaborate! Humla is a region, wrapped safely somewhere in the far northwest of the mountainous country of Nepal. The boon and the bane of Humla is that it is not easily accessible but, nevertheless, offers some of the most breathtaking views.
In Simikot, the district headquarters located at one of the highest regions of the world, lives a remote mountain community. In this community, a menstruating woman is outlawed from home and is made to stay in animal sheds or goths. Not only that, a woman is made to stay in a goth till upto 20 days after childbirth.
Alice Carfrae, who was shooting a documentary in Simikot writes and narrates how these women do not only undergo the discomfort of menstruation but conditions far more horrifying than we can imagine. She encountered 12 teenagers tucked inside blankets, who have been banished from their homes for the duration.
Romali a 16 year-old, tells that the goth is shared by whoever is menstruating as it is safer because rape is a serious risk when practicing chauas many women sleep alone and unprotected. As menstruating women are not allowed inside the house, they take up hard labour that involves collecting woods and carrying them. On a whole, The average life expectancy of women is 53 here.
22 year-old Laxmi is one of them but her husband does not want her to live in a goth. She further adds “If we do not practice religion, the gods will bring us trouble. I have no choice but to worship. If we ignore the doctors’ advice we will still survive, but if we disobey God, God will punish us. God is more powerful than man”.
It seems like a long hill climb to even begin educating the members of this community about menstruation but as they are specifying, Nothing Is Impossible!
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