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Women demolish Chhaupadi sheds

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ACHHAM — In a bid to end the social ill practice of Chhaupadi, women here in Nandegada of Achham have started demolishing the menstrual sheds as of late they have understood that a woman must not be barred from entering home during menstruation.

Chhaupadi shed is the makeshift hut constructed at a distance from the settlement where women were forced to stay during their periods which was always a safety concern for the women in the district.

Although the chhaupadi practice is towards elimination due to the growing awareness and education, it is still in practice in some remote areas.

Many had to go through various kinds of violence and some even lost their lives in such sheds. On Monday, almost all women of the village gathered in Patakani and demolished all the huts used by women during their menstruation, said local woman leader Putali Devi Khatri.

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Putali Devi has suggested the women to stay in their homes maintaining hygiene during menstruation. This has been possible also because the government has criminalised the Chhaupadi practice and rhe families practicing Chhaupadi are deprived of the services provided by the ward and rural municipality offices.

As per the announcement of the government, those who practice Chhaupadi after August 20 will be jailed. A total of 12 women have lost their lives in Chaupadi sheds in the last one decade, according to the records of Women and Children Office, Achham.

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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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