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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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Maha Astami being observed today

Pratigya Waiju

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KATHMANDU- Today Maha Astami festival is being observed throughout the country by the Hindus.

On this day, people offer special worship to the goddesses Mahakali, Mahalaxmi and Maha Saraswati. They also sacrifice goats and roosters.

People who do not sacrifice animals, offers sacrifices of various vegetables and fruits in place of animals.

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Special Durgapuja and prayer ceremonies are held at the Dasain Ghars. People also worship weapons, vehicles and machines.

On this day, a special Kalaratri worship is held at midnight at the Dashain Ghar of Hanumandhoka in the capital city.

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