Nepal – A Hindu woman and her two kids died due to smoke inhalation in a windowless “menstrual-hut” in Nepal on Wednesday, where she was banished during menstrual cycles.
Amba Bohara, 35, was in a deep sleep in a menstrual hut in western Bajura district on Tuesday evening with her two sons, 12 and nine (respectively). They lit some fire to stay warm during winters, but due to the traditionally designed windowless huts, they died of smoke inhalation, local Police said.
Hindu community of Nepal consider menstruating women as impure and force them to stay from their families once in a month, despite the evil practice is banned in Nepal.
“We are waiting for the results of a postmortem to confirm the cause of death, but believe they died of suffocation,” Police chief Uddhab Singh Bhat said. “We are investigating,” he added.
Nepal government outlawed the evil Hindu practice of “Chhaupadi” in 2005, but it’s still practiced in the remove and conservative western regions of Nepal.
Orthodox Hindus consider women untouchable during her menstruation and after childbirth.
According to the practice of Chhaupadi of Hinduism, women are barred from touching food, religious icons, cattle, and men. In fact, they have to sleep away from others in a windowless hut.
Last year, a 21-year-old woman succumbed to smoke inhalation and many other women died of snake bites.