Banished from home for menstrual cycle, Nepali woman dies of suffocation in windowless hut

Last Updated: Monday, 4 February 2019 (16:50 IST)
Kathmandu: A 21-year-old Nepali woman has died reportedly due to suffocation during her stay in a windowless hut as part of a banned practice that considers women untouchable during menstruation, according to a media report.
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The incident happened in Nepal’s remote Doti district on January 31 when Parwati Bogati was sleeping alone in a secluded hut due to menstruation and had lit a fire to keep the hut warm.
When Bogati did not wake up till late next morning, her mother-in-law Laxmi Bogati went to the hut to check her but found that she had passed away, the Kathmandu Post reported.
“She (Parwati) was excited about the next day as her menstruation would end. Poor child closed her eyes forever,” said Laxmi.
She said that Parwati went to the secluded hut in a nearby abandoned house as the regular menstrual hut she used to go was crowded that day as three more women from the village having their menstrual period were already there to spend the night.
As part of the tradition many communities in consider menstruating women impure and force female of menstruation age to stay in sheds away from the family home once a month despite the practice being banned.
In January this year, a 35-year-old woman and two of her sons died of suffocation after they spent a night in a windowless hut as part of the banned practice.
Similarly, in 2018, a 23-year-old woman in Nepal was found dead at an isolated hut where she was left alone as part of the banned practice.