15 year old girl in Nepal dies inside ‘menstruation hut’ after she’s separated from community
A 15 year old girl from Gajra village in western Nepal’s Achham district has died from smoke inhalation after she was separated from her community because she was menstruating and left to sleep in a menstruation hut in Nepal.
“Deaths are usually caused by smoke inhalation, snake bites (and) lack of basic health care during menstruation,” Badri Prasad said.
”Girls are not allowed to drink milk or eat milk products and their access to water taps and wells is limited.
“Some in the Far West still believe that a God or Goddess may be angered if the practice is violated, which could result in a shorter life, the death of livestock or destruction of crops,”
“It is believed by some that if a woman touches fruits, they will fall before they are ripe. If she fetches water, the well will dry up.”
‘Girls are even banned from reading, writing or touching books during menstruation so they won’t anger Saraswati, the goddess of education.