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Girl dies of snake bite at Chhaupadi hut in Acchham

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ACHHAM — A teenage girl, who had been awaiting her Secondary Education Examination (SEE) result, died of snake bite at Chhaupadi hut in Turmakhand Rural Municipality-4 of Achham district on Saturday night.

Eighteen-year-old Parbati Budha, who had been staying in a Chhaupadi hut during her period, died after she was bitten by a poisonous snake on Saturday night.

The incident happened while the victim was asleep with her friend Radhika Budha in the hut. The Chhaupadi hut is in the farmland far away from the victim’s house.

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Parbati died in want of timely treatment as the family members knew about the snake bite incident quite late after the snake fell on the victim from roof and bit in her finger.

The government had declared Chhupadi a criminal offence in August, 2017 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 anti-Chhaupadi law and campaigns, the tradition is still practiced in remote parts of Achham.

But, Chhaupadi is a deeply rooted tradition existing in the western parts of the country.

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2 killed, 5 injured in tractor accident

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HETAUDA — Two persons were killed and five others were seriously injured after a tractor fell off the road last evening at Panchpandav village in Bagmati Rural Municipality-4, Makawanpur.

Police said that 50-year-olds Hem Kumar Shrestha and Bakhat Rai of Hariharpur Rural Municipality in Sindhuli district lost their lives in the fatal accident.

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Shrestha died on the spot while Rai breathed his last on the way to a hospital in Hetauda, police added. The tractor (Na 6 Ta 442) was heading to Sindhuli district from Phawarbari in Makawanpur by supplying construction materials.

Those seriously hurt in the incident are Shivamaya Magar, Shakti Rai, Mohan Rai, Krishna Rai and Tilak Rai. The incident site is near Makawanpur-Sindhuli border along Dharan-Chatara road section.

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