A 15-year-old girl died in a menstrual hut in western Nepal sometime between the night of Saturday, Dec. 17 and the morning of Sunday, Dec. 18. According to Nepal’s Republica newspaper, Roshani Tiruwa, from Nepal’s Achham district, went to the shed after eating dinner around 6 p.m. She lit a fire in the tiny mud hut before going to sleep. Tiruwa’s father found her body the next morning. District police suspect the ninth grader died from a lack of oxygen.
“There wasn’t any space for air to come in or smoke to escape so she died from suffocation,” Bhagawati Aryal, a government employee with the district Women’s Development Office, told NPR.
This marks the second death related to the practice of menstrual seclusion in Nepal’s Achham district in a month.