A Young Woman Died In A Menstrual Hut In Nepal

On Nov. 18, Dambara Upadhyay slept in a hut outside her house.

It’s a common practice in some villages in western Nepal — women who are menstruating sleep in a small hut or shed out of a fear they will contaminate the home or anger the Hindu gods if they remain indoors. Many people in this part of the country believe family members or livestock will get sick, or even die, if a menstruating woman doesn’t stick to the rules.

The next morning, family members discovered that 26-year-old Upadhyay had died. Hers is not the first death related to the practice…

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