Woman dies in Nepal village because of menstrual exile

The tradition is still practiced in some remote villages despite a government ban on the practice.

12 January 2018 | 12:48

Source: Associated Press

  • Source: Associated Press
  • Last update: 12 January 2018 | 12:48

This photo shows a Nepalese priest carrying the Living Goddess, the Kumari, during the Ghode Jatra (Horse Race) Festival in Kathmandu on March 27, 2017. (AFP Photo)

KATHMANDU, Nepal: A woman has died in a remote village in Nepal because of a tradition in which females are exiled from their homes and forced to live in huts during menstruation, according to an official.

Government administrator Tul Bahadur Kawcha said Friday that the 21-year-old woman is believed to have died from smoke inhalation from a fire she lit in the hut to keep warm in the freezing temperatures in the mountain village.

Kawcha said the tradition is still practiced in some remote villages despite a government ban on the practice and a law introduced last year to punish people who force women to follow the custom.

The woman was found dead on Monday.



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