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Woman dies in 'menstruation hut' in Nepal

Press Trust of India  |  Kathmandu 

A 23-year-old woman in was today found dead at an isolated hut where she was left alone as part of a long-banned ancient Hindu practice that banishes women from the home during menstruation, a media report said.

Many communities in view menstruating women as impure and in some remote areas they are forced to sleep in a hut away from home during their periods, a custom known as "Chhaupadi".

Police said that (Budha) was found dead by her neighbours inside the Chhaupadi hut (hut) yesterday at Turmakhad Rural Municipality-3 in district, The Post reported.

"The cause of her death will be known after post-mortem," of Police Dadhiram Neupane said.

Villagers suspect that Gauri might have died of smoke suffocation from the fire she had lit to keep herself warm inside the hut.

"Gauri had lit a fire inside the hut. She might have died in her sleep due to smoke inhalation," said Ujir Bayak, a villager.

The government in August last year declared the practice as a criminal offence and introduced a law that stipulated a three-month jail sentence and/or Rs 3,000 fine against those convicted of "Chhaupadi" crime.

Despite the law and campaigns, the tradition is still rampant in some remote parts of the country.

Last year, a 21-year-old woman and a 15-year-old girl had died in similar circumstances.

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First Published: Tue, January 09 2018. 16:30 IST