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The menstruating Nepalese women confined to a cowshed

In parts of rural western Nepal, women are forced to live in cowsheds during their periods and immediately after childbirth.
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The practice, known as Chhaupadi, is linked to disease and even the deaths of babies, who stay with their mothers in the sheds. But a local shaman – and some of the women – insist Chhaupadi is the will of the gods and cannot be changed.

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