Lakshmi Saud, 19, center, watches as her daughter Alisha, 3, plays with Mathura Saud, 40, right, and another woman, Kokila Saud, 45, sits nearby as they stay inside a chhaupadi hut, in the Dhungani village, outside of the city of Mungelsen, Achham district, western Nepal, Thursday, March 1, 2018. The three women had their periods and were staying in the hut. Lakshmi's daughter had been burned by a fire in their home recently and she was constantly putting salve on her hand inside the hut and trying to keep her away from the fire. The tradition of chhaupadi in the country is based in the belief that a woman is impure and brings evil spirits into the home during her period -- which in practice has meant they are supposed to stay in small huts or animal sheds during their menstruation cycle. This has been outlawed in Nepal in the last year due to women dying of smoke inhalation, snake bites and unsanitary conditions, but many in remote provinces like Accham still perform the ritual.