High in Nepal, a Lowly Status for Women

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Kerri MacDonald – New York Times – Wednesday, 23 October 2013 (originally published 21 Oct)

A woman crouches in a doorway, hay at her sandaled feet and a cow to her left. She looks ahead, a pained stare on her face. This is where she lives, for now.

“She’s not allowed to go back in the house because she’s impure,” said Marie Dorigny, a French photographer who photographed the woman in Nepal this year.

Members of the Hindu community in some parts of western and central Nepal still practice Chhaupadi, a custom that forces women to live in the stable while menstruating and just after giving birth. They are forbidden to cook and eat with their families . . .

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