Banished During Menstrual Cycle, Woman, Two Sons Die in Nepal Hut

A 35-year-old Nepali woman and two of her sons died reportedly due to suffocation during their stay in a windowless hut where she was staying as part of a practice that considers women untouchable during menstruation, according to a media report.

The incident happened in Nepal's Bajura district when Amba Bohora on Tuesday night, 8 January, had dinner with her two sons aged 9 and 12, and later went inside a hut to sleep, the Kathmandu post reported.

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According to the report, there were no windows for ventilation in the hut, which was lit with fire for warmth. They reportedly died of suffocation due to the fire.

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The next morning when Amba's mother in-law opened the door of the hut, she found all three dead.

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"The mother and her children may have suffocated by smoke after the blanket they were using to keep themselves warm caught fire while they were asleep," a villager was quoted as saying.

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While the bodies were sent for post mortem, the Chief District Officer Chetraj Baral said a team headed by the district police chief was sent to the incident site to probe the matter, the report said.

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As part of the tradition, many communities in Nepal consider menstruating women ‘impure’ and force them to stay in sheds away from the family home once a month despite the practice being banned.

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