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Nepalese woman dies after banishment to shed during menstruation

BMJ 2008; 337 doi: (Published 14 November 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;337:a2520
  1. Khagendra Dahal
  1. 1Kathmandu

    A second woman has died in Nepal in less than five months after following the practice of “chhaupadi,” spending five days living in a shed during her menstrual period.

    The 24 year woman, who lived in the western hills of Nepal, developed a cough and cold after she entered the shed in mid-October. Although her family took her to a nearby health centre five days later it was too late to save her. She died from sepsis after pneumonia.

    The woman was following the tradition of chhaupadi, which is practiced in many areas of Nepal, despite the fact that the …

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