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KHATMANDU, Nepal, Sep 15, 2005 (United Press International via COMTEX) -- The Supreme Court in Nepal has ruled that women should not be discriminated against during their menstrual periods.

Especially in the western part of the country, women are sometimes locked in sheds for four days.

The court ordered the government to declare the practice evil and to begin a campaign against it within a month, the BBC reported.

Lawyer Pushpa Bhusal said the government must begin an education campaign -- that simply declaring the practice illegal is not enough.

Copyright 2005 by United Press International.

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