Nepali girl dies due to banned menstruation practise

A 15-year-old girl suffocated to death after she was made to sleep in a shed because she was menstruating.

The chhaupadi tradition is said to put women at risk of attack by wild animals, disease, and rape [File: Navesh Chitrakar/Reuters]

The chhaupadi tradition is said to put women at risk of attack by wild animals, disease, and rape [File: Navesh Chitrakar/Reuters]

A 15-year-old girl has died in Nepal’s western Achram district after she was banished to a shed because she was menstruating, under an ancient Hindu practice that has been banned for more than a decade, police said.

“We are investigating the case. We suspect that she died of suffocation from the smoke of a fire she lit to keep herself warm,” local district inspector Badri Prasad Dhakal told the AFP news agency on Monday.

Local media identified the girl as Roshani Tiruwa.

Some Hindus view menstruating women as impure and in parts of Nepal they are forced to remain in a hut or cowshed for days, a practice known as chhaupadi.