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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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Dolpa Ward Chairman held on charge of idol theft

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DOLPA — Karma Gurung, Chairman of Dolpo Buddha Rural Municipality-5 in Upper Dolpa, was arrested on charge of idol theft from Kathmandu. A team of police personnel from the Central Investigation Bureau (CIB) has arrested Gurung from Bauddha in the capital city.

Police said that Ward Chairman Karma was held for allegedly stealing Buddha idols from Rahap Monastery situated in She-Phoksundo Rural Municipality-4.

Gurung, an independent candidate, was elected the ward chair in the recent local level elections but later joined the Nepal Communist Party (NCP) after the unification of two communist parties.

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Likewise, Ukren Pasang Gurung, 41, and Pasang Lundup Gurung of She-phoksundo Rural Municipality; Jhyampachhuldim Lama, 41, and Tshering Dawa Gurung, 43, of Dolpo Buddha Rural Municipality were also held from a special team of CIB.

Asked about the arrest of ward chairman, Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) of Dolpa District Police Office Awadesh Bista confirmed Karma Gurung’s arrest on charge of idol theft and added that further investigations were ongoing.

A total of 42 Buddha’s idols were stolen from Rahap Monastery some eight years ago but the locals had noticed the issue just some four months ago.

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