Custom fatal for girl
KATHMANDU: An 18-year-old girl has died in Nepal after she was bitten by a snake while being forced to stay in a shed because she was having her period.
The ancient Nepalese custom of prohibiting women who are menstruating or have just given birth from taking part in normal family activities and having contact with men because they are deemed “impure” is known as “chhaupadi”.
The practice, common in the western part of Nepal for Hindu women, was outlawed in 2005.
However, many deaths associated with the practice go unreported. – The Independent