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Teen girls banished to sleep outside while menstruating

Teenage girls are still being forced to sleep outside during their periods in parts of Nepal, despite a string of deaths and a law banning the ancient custom.

A new study, published days after the latest victim suffocated from fumes from a fire lit to keep her warm in an outhouse, found eight out of 10 girls in western Nepal were banished from their homes while menstruating because they are viewed as impure.

Many have to sleep in huts, where they are at risk of being raped, bitten by snakes or poisoning from open fires.

Last week, a village in western Nepal announced a $44 reward for each woman who refused to be confined to a hut, in a bid to end the practice.

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