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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 women electrocuted in Baglung

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BAGLUNG — Two women were electrocuted in Baglung district on Saturday.

The victims have been identified as Guma Kandel, 25, and Nisha Kandel, 20 of Kathekhola Rural Municipality-6, Bihunkot. They died when they were electrocuted on their way to home from the nearby forest, according to Deputy Superintendent of Police at Baglung Bishwaraj Singh Thapa.

They had reportedly gone to collect fodder early morning but were found dead during a search by their family members after they failed to return home till late. The two caught live current from a pole of high-voltage transmission line.

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Locals have stopped the police personnel from collecting the dead bodies demanding Nepal Electricity Authority (NEA) of rightful compensation after bearing responsibility of the incident.

Likewise, the agitated locals brought down the Mid-Hill Highway to a temporary halt demanding NEA to replace the faulty electricity poles in the region.

NEA’s distribution centre in Baglung has admitted that leakage of electricity from wires to the poles had resulted in the fateful incident.

With RSS inputs

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