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  • outside of a cremation house in Nepal's capital city Kathmandu, wailing relatives throw marigolds and vermillion powder over an iron fence onto a white shroud covering the body of a 58 year old man.

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  • Nepal's army is responsible for managing the bodies of coronavirus victims across the nation and for the first time, female soldiers are also being deployed to help.

  • It's a position once unimaginable in the conservative Hindu majority country, where women touching a dead body is still a cultural taboo.

  • But rights for women in the nation of 30 million have improved since it emerged from a decade long civil war in 2006 and abolished its centuries old feudal monarchy two years later.

  • On their first day on the job last month, four female soldiers moved six bodies from the hospital to a crematorium.

  • Russian A, a 25 year old corporal, was one of those women.

  • Thistle is an opportunity that we got from the Nepal army as we can't do this type of work outside.

  • It was a challenge for us and we were thinking whether we would be able to do it or not.

  • We turned this challenge into an opportunity and did it successfully.

  • The nation's army spokesman said that 95,000 strong force was putting female soldiers and new roles as part of a program to empower them.

  • Since the pandemic first struck Nepal in January, over 200,000 have been infected and 1500 killed, according to official data.

  • Health workers say the pandemic will only worsen as winter sets in and limited health infrastructure, including critical care beds, is stretched.

outside of a cremation house in Nepal's capital city Kathmandu, wailing relatives throw marigolds and vermillion powder over an iron fence onto a white shroud covering the body of a 58 year old man.

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Nepal's female soldiers break taboos amid COVID-19

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    林宜悉 posted on 2020/12/02
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