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Woman dies in Chhaupadi shed

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ACHHAM — A twenty-two-year-old woman in Achham was found dead on Monday morning in a Chhaupadi hut as she was forced to spend the night away from home during her period as per the local tradition.

The deceased has been identified as Gauri Budha(not in picture), the wife of Birendra Budha of Turmakhand Rural Municipality-3, Bhairabsthan, according to police.

Deceased’s father in law Dambar Bahadur Budha siad that the family had to smash the door of the menstrual hut as Gauri didn’t wake up till late morning. A day before her death, she was actively involved in the field along with her family members, said Dambar Bahadur, adding that she was not ill at all.

Gauri was studying in grade 11 at Turmakhand-based Kalikeshwori Secondary School.

The husband of the deceased is with Nepal Police and is currently in Kathmandu. Family members are waiting for his arrival to perform the final rites.

Nepal government has recently banned Chhaupadi tradition.

Despite being announced punishable and declared free from menstrual huts, Chhaupadi is still prevalent in remote villages like Turmakhand as women are still considered impure and unclean during periods.

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26 rhinos die in a year in CNP

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CHITWAN — Chitwan National Park (CNP) witnessed zero poaching of endangered one-horned rhinoceros in the fiscal year 2074/75. But the death of the rhinos by natural causes has increased recently, as the park has lost a total of 26 rhinos to various causes in this period.

26 rhinos died from various reasons including natural disaster in the period, according to the CNP information officer, Nurendra Aryal.

Four rhinos were killed in flood-related incidents with two caught in a marsh caused by the flooding while two were swept away by flood waters, he informed.

Fighting, delivery complications (in case of some female rhinos) and aging are other reasons behind the deaths of a noticeable number of this endangered wildlife last fiscal year. Three female rhinos succumbed to child delivery complications in this period. They died after failing to give birth to their babies.

The park however has recorded no case of rhino poaching since April 8, 2017.However, the number of rhino deaths due to other reasons was slightly up in the year compared to the previous year, according to the CNP Information Officer Aryal.

This figure is followed by 25 and 15 rhino deaths in previous two fiscal years respectively.

The natural causes led to the death of 24 rhinos in the fiscal year 2073/74 and 15 in 2072/73.

The need of a study was felt to seek potential ways for minimising the death risk among rhinos with their death toll increasing every year, CNP chief conservation officer, Bed Kumar Dhakal said. A squad from the Department of National Parks and Wildlife Conservation has already begun a study to this end.

The CNP latest details mentioned about 605 rhinos here.

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