Nepali girl dies in 'menstruation hut' after snakebite

Local police confirmed that a girl had died but were unable to provide further details on the cause.
Local police confirmed that a girl had died but were unable to provide further details on the cause.

Kathmandu, Nepal - According to local media, her family took her to the village shaman, or witch doctor, for treatment instead of taking her to a hospital.



By AFP

Published: Sat 8 Jul 2017, 6:00 PM

Last updated: Sat 8 Jul 2017, 8:09 PM

An 18-year-old girl has died in Nepal after she was bitten by a snake while banished to a shed because she was menstruating.
Tulasi Shahi was bitten twice by a venomous snake and died on Friday morning in western Dailekh district, local mayor Surya Bahadur Shahi told AFP.
"She survived for seven hours after the snake bite but died because medical treatment was delayed," said Shahi.
According to local media, her family took her to the village shaman, or witch doctor, for treatment instead of taking her to a hospital.
Local police confirmed that a girl had died but were unable to provide further details on the cause.
Two women died in late 2016 in separate incidents while following the ritual - one of smoke inhalation after she lit a fire for warmth, while the other death was unexplained.
Rights activists say many other deaths likely go unreported.
 


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