Teenage girl dies after being forced to stay in a ‘period hut’ in Nepal

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Campaigners say efforts to stamp out custom of banishing girls and women during menstruation have been set back by Covid

A 16-year-old girl from Nepal has died as a result of the illegal practice of chhaupadi, where menstruating women are forced to stay in huts outside their homes.

Anita Chand, from Baitadi district, in the west of the country, bordering India, is understood to have died on Wednesday from a snake bite while she was sleeping. Her death is the first reported fatality from chhaupadi since 2019 and campaigners fear progress to eliminate the practice is being eroded.

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Written by Rojita Adhikari in Kathmandu
This news first appeared on https://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2023/aug/11/teenage-girl-dies-after-being-forced-to-stay-in-a-period-hut-in-nepal under the title “Teenage girl dies after being forced to stay in a ‘period hut’ in Nepal”. Bolchha Nepal is not responsible or affiliated towards the opinion expressed in this news article.