They aren't allowed to prepare food and are often forced into doing more demanding physical labor, like collecting firewood or farm labor. Chhaupadi also entails restrictions on the women's diets. They typically are forbidden from eating meat or other nutritious fruits and vegetables — they are instead given dry food, bread, or beaten rice. The women aren't allowed to drink milk or eat any dairy products either because locals believe it would make their cows and buffaloes sick.
"If we touch men or anything in the house, cook, or use public water tanks and wells, our god, Debti, will punish us. Our hands and legs will be twisted, our eyes plucked out," a Nepali woman told Al Jazeera in 2014.