Woman killed by fire in menstruation hut, as Nepal fights a tradition

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A chhaupadi hut in the village of Pali, western Nepal. Women who observe the taboo are banished to mud or stone huts, some of them no bigger than closets.CreditCreditTara Todras-Whitehill for The New York Times

By Bhadra Sharma and Kai Schultz

KATHMANDU, Nepal — Parbati Bogati knew what to do when her period came.

Ms. Bogati, 21, sequestered herself in an abandoned house, in keeping with a centuries-old taboo that declares menstruating women impure, officials from her area in rural western Nepal said.

As the temperature dropped below freezing on Wednesday evening, she tried to keep warm, apparently burning wood and clothing.

By the next morning, her legs were charred and she was dead.

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