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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.

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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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Mother’s Day being observed today

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KATHMANDU — ‘Aamaako Mukha Herne Dia’ or Mother’s Day also known as Matatirtha Aunsi, is being observed across the country on Monday.

Matatirtha Aunsi is marked as the Mother’s Day by Nepali Hindus on the new moon that falls in the month of Baisakh as per the lunar calendar and every year devotees throng the religious site — Matatirtha temple at Chandragiri Municipality in Kathmandu — for a holy dip and paying homage to the deities there.

People from the Valley and different parts of the country reached Mata Tirtha Pond, famous religious place on the western outskirts of Kathmandu to remember their deceased mothers.

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It is believed that those who take a holy bath in Mata Tirtha and offers tarpan today helps his/her mother get salvation and also bring prosperity in family.

There is a legend that a man who walked through Mata Tirtha saw his dead mother in the pond on the day of Mata Tirtha Aunsi and since then people started going in the place. It is also believed that people can see the reflection of their mother’s face in Matatirtha pond on this day.

Major places in the Kathmandu Valley witnessed increasing footfalls with people shopping for sweets, fruits and gifts to present to their mothers since this morning.

This day is celebrated to honor the mother and motherhood. On this day, people offer sweets, clothes, and other gift items to their mother.

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