Hearts are broken as Nepalese teen dies in 'menstruation hut'
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Fifteen-year-old Roshani Tiruwa died from smoke inhalation while trying to keep herself warm
The menstruation hut where Nepalese teenager Roshani Tiruwa died. (Photo by Menuka Dhungana)
On the afternoon of Dec. 17, Roshani Tiruwa spent almost three hours walking and gathering firewood which she would use to fuel a fire to keep herself warm during the cold winter night.
Fifteen-year-old Roshani, who was menstruating, was sleeping alone in a narrow, congested and poorly ventilated menstrual hut. Like other girls and women in her remote Gajra Village in Nepal's Accham district, Roshani was banished during menstruation to a hut made up of mud and stone, with a narrow door and no windows.
She had already slept one night inside and had four more nights alone while observing Chaupadi, a common practice in the remote hilly districts in the west of the Himalayan nation.
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