Girls In Nepal Are Being Banished To A Shed When They Have Their Periods And It's Killing Them
This week marked the second known Chhaupadi-related death in Nepal this year. The practice is supposed to be illegal, but it's far from extinct.
A 15-year-old girl in Nepal died this week after she was forced by her family to stay in a hut while menstruating.
Chhaupadi is a Nepali practice with roots in Hinduism.
The photo below was taken in the Legudsen village in the western Accham district in 2014. It shows a family member attempting to feed women practicing chhaupadi without touching their utensils.
The most common cause of chhaupadi-related deaths is asphyxiation.
The death of Roshani Tiruwa is only one in a series of high-profile chhaupadi-related deaths in Nepal over the last few years.
Tiruwa was the second woman to die because of chhaupadi this year. In November, a 26-year-old was found dead inside a shed.
How is this still happening?
This week's chhaupadi death has caused even more local outrage.