In western Nepal there is a tradition called Chhaupadi according to which women during their menstruation are constrained to live in a sort of exile from their community. According to a superstition of Hindu origin, their blood at this time of the month is considered impure. In a series of photos the photographer Poulomi Basu has told the story of some of these women, distanced from their daily existence and forced to live away from their families. Basu’s project became a book and won the FotoEvidence Book Award, a competition that rewards the best projects devoted to social injustices.
St. Peter’s Square
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