Alone and in pain, Tulasi Shahi encountered a poisonous snake.
The Nepali woman had been banished to her uncle's cowshed as per the "chaupadi" tradition, a centuries-old practice common among Hindus in the western regions of Nepal, though it was outlawed in 2005. Some communities there consider women "impure" while they are menstruating. These women are prohibited from daily activities and left isolated in sheds with straw floors for the duration of their periods.
Shahi was bitten on the head and leg while banished, the mayor of the local district, Surya Bahadur Shahi, told CNN. It was unclear whether he was related to the woman.
Her family members...